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Pierce, Peirce, Pearce, Forbes, Forbush, Gibsott, and Harwood Genealogies, 
and Histories of Grafton and Barre, Mass. 


PRESS OF W. B. CONKEY COMPANY. 341 Dearborn Street, 





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FROM a little English hamlet 
From Whitney-on-the-Wye, 
Where the hawthornes bud and blossom 
Underneath an English sky, 
Came a stalwart, sturdy Whitney 

Four long centuries ago, 
Like the hawthorne spread and blossomed 
In the sunshine and the snow. 

All about him grew the forests 

Trees of maples and of oak, 
And the pine trees bent to listen 

To the words the river spoke; 
While the war whoops of the red men 

Rent the silence far and near 
In the wilds of Massachusetts 

But the settler knew no fear. 

Grew a family up around him 

As the swift years drifted by. 
While about his old log cabin 

Fell God's blessings from the sky; 
And the family name took root there, 

Spread its branches far and wide. 
Till they reached from York to Frisco 

Sunrise gate to evening tide. 

Some there were that for the Union 

Wore the tattered army blue. 
Some the grey, and then forgot it 

When the old became the new; 
One the cotton gin invented 

'Twas his own peculiar plan, 
And where'er you find a Whitney 

You will find an honest man. 

Richard L. Carey. 

Table of Contents. 

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Author's Preface .• . . . 9 

The First Whitney 11 

Origin of the Name and Family , 11 

Valley of the Wye 14 

Visit to Whitney-on-the-Wye 14 

John Whitney, Puritan Emigrant 16 

Other Whitneys in New England 18 

The Family in America 19 

What Henry Austin Whitney Says 21 

Whitney Genealogy 22 

List of Illustrations. 


Frederick C. Pierce Frontispiece 

Jonathan Sawyer 96 

Hon. Chas. H. Sawyer 99 

Rev. Peter Whitney 162 

Hon. Horatio L. Wait 175 

Henry Melville 183 

Oliver Whitney 199 

George M. Wrig ht 223 

Samuel E. Whitney 240 

J. Whitney Farlin . . .-. 248 

Dariiel Whitney 249 

Eli Whitney 255 

Oliver D. Barrett 260 

■Mrs. Elizabeth Fairchild 261 

Hon. Wm. Whi tney Rice 268 

Hon. Wm. Whitney Godding 269 

Hon. Henry M. Whitney 277 

Mrs. Abbie W hitney Brown 296 

Wm. M. Whitney 829 

Lyman M'unger 336 

Mrs. LyTnan Munger 336 

Dr. Elijah Whitney 341 

Adel aine Button Train Whitney 348 

Dr. Chas. W. Whitney 351 

poel Whitney 361 

Otis Whitney 368 

Chas. O. Whitney 378 

Lewis L. Whitney 388 

Mrs. Mary E. Hoadley 401 

Col. Joel Whitney 415 

Col. Loren H. Whitney 423 

Anna H. Whitney 427 

Clarence J. Whitney 430 

May L. Whitney.. 480 

Luther Whitney 431 

Wm. B. Whitney 432 

Eli Whitney 438 

Geo. Jay Whitney 450 

Baxter D. Whitney 454 

Walter Whitney 462 

Frederic E. Whitney 463 

Mrs. Frederic E. Whitney 463 

Frank C. Whitney 464 

Dr. Leland H. Poor 468 

Mary W. Whitney 471 


Capt. Edmund C. Whitney 472 

Geo. C. Whitney 476 

Alvin Whitney 479 

Paschal W. Turney 482 

John M.Whitney 484 

Prof. Wm. D. Whitney 486 

Hon. Edward B. Whitney 491 

Erastus H. Whitney 492 

Dr. Eugene W. Whitney 493 

Hon. Geo. H. Whitney 496 

Edgar H. Whitney 499 

Col. Geo. Whitney 502 

Wm. C.Whitney 508 

Geo. W.Whitney 508 

Gen. James S. Whitney 515 

Hiram Whitney 526 

Samuel Austin Whitney 534 

Rev. Leonard Whitney 535 

Otis Whitney 536 

Imri S.Whitney 539 

Chas. P. Whitney 541 

Hon. Chas. W. Whitney 543 

Arthur E. Whitney 549 

Amos Whitney 550 

Franklin Whitney 577 

Camilla M. Whitney 577 

Drake Whitney 588 

Benjamin R. Whitney : . . 589 

Eli Whitney, Jr 598 

Dr. John M. Whitney 600 

Geo. M. Whitney 605 

Harvey A. Whitney 605 

Jas. W. Whitney 606 

David R. Whitney 609 

W^ilbur F. Whitney 611 

Everett E.Whitney 619 

Duane P. Whitney 622 

Prof. Nelson O. Whitney 624 

Prof. Harry E. Whitney 625 

Henry M.Whitney 630 

Hon. William C. Whitney 635 

Rev. Mary T. Whitney 640 

Harwood O. Whitney 648 

Rev. E. W. Whitney 650 

Orson F. Whitney 660 


As a descendant of the Whitney family on both my jjaternal and maternal sides, 
I take pleasure in presenting to the numerous members of the family in this 
country, this volume, the work of several years of extensive correspondence 
and compilation. Having had considerable experience in works of a similar charac- 
ter, and being of a genealogical turn of mind, the work has been one of pleasure. It 
is extremely doubtful if many other families in America can boast of such a large 
number of descendants, from one emigrant, as this one. Other persons have tried 
to compile the genealogy of the descendants of John Whitney of Watertown, Mass., 
1635, but not until now has it been done in such an extensive and thorough manner. 
The works of Henry Austin Whitney of Boston, Rev. Frederick Whitney of Brighton, 
Dr. Henry Bond of Watertown, and William Lebbeus Whitney of Pottsville, Pa., are 
•well known, but in these no attempt was made at a complete pedigree. In a few 
instances replies have not been received from blanks sent out, and this is my excuse 
for not having a full record of these branches. The matter has been arranged in the 
style adopted by the New England Historic-Genealogical Society in the publication 
of their Register. The arrangement is unquestionably the simplest, and is therefore 
the most comprehensive. 

A number of abbreviations will be found in the book, of which the following are 
explanations: ae., aged; abt., about; dau., daughter; dec'd, deceased; res., resided, 
resides, or residence; w., wife; wid., widow or widower; yr., year; n. f. k., nothing 
further known ; s. p., sine prole (wjthout issue). There are a number of other abbrevi- 
ations of such common use that tne meaning will be obvious. A name in parentheses 
thus, Anna Whitney, daughter of Nathaniel and Mary (Pierce) Whitney, indicates the 
maiden name of the mother. An interrogation mark implies doubt or want of abso- 
lute certaintv. The birthplaces of the children are not always given, but they can be 
ascertained by reference to the residence of the parents, which is given in all cases. 

In the earlier records of New England quite often the date of the year appears 
1752-3, that is two dates. In computing time, the solar year is reckoned 265X days, 
but this is too much by eleven minutes and a fraction. If this excess be neglected, in 
the course of centuries the 1st of January would fall back toward midsummer. In 
1582, the time of Pope Gregory XIII., it was found that the vernal equinox, which in 
A. D. 325 happened on the 21st of March, actuallv occurred on the 10th of March. 
For the puroose of rectifying the calendar, the pope ordered that ten days be 
<3ropped for that year. This was called " New Style," and the former calendar, " Old 
Style." The new calendar was soon adopted by all Catholic countries, but in Eng- 
land and her colonies it was disregarded till 1752, when the error of the old calendar 
amounted to eleven days, and by an Act of Parliament they were dropped from Sep- 
tember of that year. If the year began the 1st of January, the date would be Febru- 
ary 9, 1684; if the year began the 1st of January, the date would be February 9, 1685, 
and changed to New Style by addition of eleven days, would be February 16, 1685. 

It is singular how the different names have been obtained. In the name of 
Shakespeare's birthplace we have a memento of three different eras of English his- 
tory, viz., the periods of the occupancy by the old Britons, the Romans, and the 
Saxons. Strat is an abbreviation of strata (street), the name by which the great 
Roman roads were known. Ford tells us that one of these roads crossed a stream, 
and Avon is the name which the old Britons, or Celts, gave to the streams. The word 
lea, leah, or leigh, signifying a partially wooded field, served as the ending for many 
surnames, such as Horsley, Cowley, Ashley, Oakley, Lindley, and Berkley or Birch- 
ley. Hay, or haw, means a hedge, and this has given us Hayes, Haynes, Haley, Hay- 
wood, Hawes, Haworth, Hawthorn, Haughton or Houghton. Occupations, too, have 
afforded an endless array of surnames. This method was used by the Romans in 
such names as Fabricus (smith), Pictor (painter), Agricola (farmer). In England a 
skillful hunter would adopt that as his surname, and equally so with the carpenter, 
joiner, sawyer, baker, or butcher. Personal traits, and complexion, too, gave rise to 


surnames. From the former we have the names Stout, Strong, Long, Longman, 
Longfellow; and from the latter, Brown, Black, etc. Some mental and moral traits 
were also used to denote surnames. Richard the First, of England, was better known 
as Richard of the Lion Heart. The next step would be to derive from this quality 
the surname Lion. A most remarkable fact is the changes in names, and the follow- 
ing is given as an example of the changes in one name: "Next, he showed me, by 
the aid of a few family documents in his possession, that the original name of his 
ancestors had been Meredith, or, to write it Welsh fashion, Maredydd. Now, in 
Wales, the accent is always thrown on the last syllable but one — the penultimate, as 
we say, in Latin prosody. So Meredith is pronounced much as though it rhymed 
with ' weddeth.' A couple of hundred years ago, one of these Welsh Merediths set- 
tled in Staffordshire, England; but, as he kept close, apparently, to the original pro- 
nunciation of his name, it was Anglicized by his neighbors, not into the usual 
Meredith (which is formed on the regular English rule of throwing the accent back- 
ward), but into Meready. Careless utterance soon corrupted that sound to M'ready, 
and finally to Ready. The four stages — Maredydd, Meredith, Meready, and Ready 
— were all to be found consecutively in my friend's documents in the name " Ready." 

My thanks are especially due to Mrs. Silas A. Pierce, Grafton, Mass.; Miss Lou 
M. Pierce, Worcester, Mass.; Mrs. Louise R. Rogers, Worcester, Mass.; F. L. Ora, of 
Chicago; Frances J. Whitney, Lebanon, 111.; Luthera Whitney, Springfield, Vt.; Hon. 
William W. Rice, Worcester, Mass.; Henry W. Melville, New York City; H. W. 
Bryant, secretary Maine Historical Society, Portland, Me.; Frank B. Gay, secretary 
Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, Conn., and many others who have aided 
me very materially in the work. 

I trust the members of the family will take as much pleasure in perusing the 
following pages as I have in compiling them, is the sincere wish of 

Yours very truly, 

Frederick C. Pierce. 

Chicago, III., July 30, 1895. 


EUSTACE DE WHITNEY was of Flemish descent. Of his mother, Agnes, it is 
recorded in Doomsday Book, "Agnes relicta Turstini Flandrensis, et Eusta- 
cius Miles filius ejus, Dominus de Whitney, dederunt ecclesiae Sancti Petri, 
Glocest; unam hidam terras in Pencomb, etc. [Agnes, widow of Turstin the Flem- 
ing, and Sir Eustace, her son. Lord of Whitney, gave to the church of St. Peter, at 
Gloucester, one hide [120 acres] of land in Pencomb, etc.] Some of the early Lords 
of Whitney were of Welsh descent, one of whom. Sir Peidge Exrog, was a Knight of 
the Round Table and "to King Arthyr's time he lived at his castle at Cardmore at 


WHITNEY, as a surname, owes its origin to the ancient, but obscure parish 
of Whitney, on the western confines ot Herefordshire, near the border 
of Wales. This is not to be confounded with Witney in Oxfordshire, so 
famous for its manufacture of woolen goods. But, possibly, both names are the same 
in meaning, and have not always been differently spelled. 

Witney appears in ancient records as Wittney, Witenie, Witeney, Witteneye, 
Wytney, Wyttneye, Wyteney, Wytteneye, Whiteneye, Whitteneye, Whitney; and 
Whitney we find also written Whiteney, Whyteneye, Witenie, etc. It lies in the 
valley of the river Wye, which is here, a m ountain torrent, subject to sudden and 
destructive freshets. This circumstance aftords a probable explanation of its name 
Whitney, being perhaps derived from the Anglo-Saxon words hwit-white, ey-water, 
and so literally meaning white water. Other examples in Herefordshire are (seen in 
notes and queries, -Sth series, volume 6, page 119) Whit-bourn, the white brook, Whit- 
church, the white cyrc (church), and Whit-ton, the white town, the last of which occurs 
in six other places in England. But more ambitious etymologies of the name are not 

The Rev. Dr. Giles, in his history of Witney and the neighboring parishes in 
Oxfordshire, says: "But if Witney received any fresh peculiarity of character from 
the Saxons, it certainly takes its name from the occupation of that busy and plod- 
ding race of men." The Witan-eye, or, as it is also written in Anglo-Saxon, or Old 
English dialect, Witan-ige, evidently signifies " The Island of the Wise Men or of the 
Parliament." By parliament in this connection should be understood merely an 
assemblage of the witan or wise men of the folc or shire, and not a great national 
council of the Anglo-Saxons or Witena-gemote (in which wiLena is the genitive of 
witan), as it was termed. Thus the word Witney means, etymologically, parliament 
island, though no record has been handed down to us to tell for what reason such a 
name was given. There is a large house still named Parliament House at the corner 
of the Crofts Lane, which to the minds of some conveys a tradition concerning the 
etymology of the name Witney. 

Dr. Thomas Wright, the eminent Anglo-Saxon scholar, made other suggestions 
in a letter addressed to Mr. Henry Austin Whitney, February 1, 1860: "I think Dr. 
Giles' derivation of Witney in Oxfordshire a very probable one. Some meeting of 
the Whitan or leading men ot the district had probably been held there and the 
island had been named from it like what is now called Magna Charta Island in the 
Thames. But the great difficulty in fixing the derivation and meaning of these local 
names arises from the circumstance that the name is in the majority of the cases 
derived from that of a Saxon possessor of the land. I should think Whitney is not 
the same thing as Witney. It has either something to do with white, or it perhaps 
contains a man's name, as Hwitenes-ege, the island belonging to Heitene." 

There is certainly no improbability in supposing that ige or ege, signifying 
island, was the termination of a Herefordshire Whitney, situated, as it is, on the 


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river Wye, and at times overflowed by it; indeed, the old church and rectory were 
entirely washed away by mountain torrents in 1730. 

There seems to be no record of Whitney in Herefordshire prior to the Dooms- 
day Book. This work was compiled between the years 1081 and 1087 by order of 
William the Conqueror, and contains the general survey of all the lands in the king- 
dom, their extent in each district, their proper tenures, value, the quantity of 
meadow, pasture, wood and arable land which they contained, and in some countries 
the number of tenants, cottages and slaves of all denominations who lived upon them. 
This book places it in the hundred of Elsedune, and spells the name Witenie. In 
the general distribution of land among the followers of The Conqueror, it fell to 
the lot of Turstin the Fleming (Turstinus Flandrensis), the son of Rolf, who, besides 
his possessions in Herefordshire, held lands in Hampshire, Dorsetshire, Berkshire, 
Somersetshire, Devonshire, Gloucestershire, Buckinghamshire and Wiltshire. Noth- 
ing further is known of him except that his wife was named Agnes, and that his son. 
Sir Eustace (Eustacius Miles) was called from Herefordshire — hamlet. Lord of 
Whitney, and so founded the family of DeWhitney. The particle was gradually 
dropped from the name, in some cases, as early as the twelfth century, and it has 
long since entirely disappeared. 

The parish church of Whitney is about four miles from The Hay, in Beacon, 
Wales, and seventeen miles from Hereford. The parish contains nearly 1,500 acres, 
the chief owners being Tompkyns Dew, Esq., and the Rev. Spenser Phillips. In old 
times it was a portion of the long stretching debatable ground within which were 141 
little lord ships, often at war with each other, and amenable only to their several 
feudal chiefs. It was not included in any of the three adjoining countries until 
1535; by act of parliament for the incorporation of England and Wales, Hunting- 
ton, Clifford, Winforton, Eardesley, and Whitney were united into the hundred of 
Huntington. The castle of Whitney, the family stronghold, stood on the north bank 
of the \Vye, and is now represented by a group of mounds and also by Whitney 
court, the residence of the present proprietor. 

Agnes, widow of Turstin, had also estates in the parish of Pencombe, in the same 
county, one hide (about 120 English acres) of which she and her son. Sir Eustace de 
Whitney, bestowed upon the Church of St. Peter, at Gloucester, free from all tax, in 
the time of the Abbet Reginald. 

In the reign of Henry III., 1216-1272, Pencombe was stated to consist of 15 hides 
of land, one moiety of which was held by John de Whytene and Robert Tregoz, and 
the other moiety by Thomas de Henegan and Robert de Whytene by military 
service, and both of the honor of Ewias. 

In the earlier times when Bohuns Mortimers and bishops of Hereford convulsed 
the whole country and overshadowed even the royal authority, little trace of the 
Whitneys appeared upon record; yet, in A. D. 1306, a Eustacius de Whyteneye was 
knighted at the same time with a Corbet, a Lacy, and a Marnyon, and previous to 
that the same Eustacius, in 1277-1280, acted as patron of the living of Pencombe, 
and in the latter year presented a Roger de Whitney. In 1342 W. D. de Wite- 
nie was the incumbent; in 1353 Baldwin de Whitney, and after 1378 Eustacius 

Among the patrons of this living, at various times from 1353 to 1590, were: 
Robert de Whitney, 1355; Baldwin de V\ hitney, 1357; Robert Whitney, knight, 1419-28; 
Robert Whitney, 1539; then the Crown during the minority of a Robert Whitney, 
and again in 1567 a Robert Whitney, knight, and lastly James Whitney, knight, in 
1590. In 1593 John Whitney was a portionary or prebend in Broxash hundred. 

The name of Robertus Whitney, Chevalier Cortland was returned in the list of 
gentry, etc., in this countrv, made by commissioners in 1434 (1-2) Henry \l. 

In the offices of sherifts of their county, knights of the shire in parliament and 
justices in the commission of the peace of the name Whitney may be traced in 
Herefordshire from Henry V., 1413, to George III., 1799. Thus of sheriffs of Here- 
fordshire have been: Robert Whitney, 1377-78; Robert Whitney, 1413-14; Robert 
Whitney, knight, 1427-28; Robert Whitnev, knight, 1432-33; Robert Whitney, 
1436-37; Robert Whitney, 1475-76; James Whitney, knight, 1585-86; Eustace Whit- 
ney, 1595-96; Robert Whitney, knight, 1638-39. 

Among the knights of the shire in parliament we find: Eustace de Whitney, 
1312-13; Eustace de Whitteney, 1351-52; Robert Whitteney, 1377; Robert de Whit- 
teney, 1378-79; Robert de Whitney, knight, 1379-80; Robert Whitteney, 1395-96; 
Robert Whitteney, knight, 1417-18; Eustace Whitney, 1467-68; Robert Whitney, 
knight, 1558-59. 

The Robert Whitney of the parliament of First Elizabeth, 1558-59, received the 



honoraftiwde -r of knighthood in the time of the reign of Queen Mary, and his crest, 
we are ififnre<V d, was the head of an ox. Another Sir Robert Whitney with the same 
crest is recorded to have been "dubbed at Wynesort" after 1656, and before 1570. 
Green records the circumstance that Sir James Whitney, knight, who, in 1574, was a 
member of parliament, was suitor for the hand of Barbara, Countess of Leicester, in 

The following legend explanatory of the Whitney crest is given: Sir Randolph 
de Whitney, the grandson of Eustace (founder of the name), accompanied Richard 
Cceur de h\on to the Crusades and distinguished himself greatly by his personal 
strength and great courage. On one occasion he was sent by Richard on a mission 
to the French commander, and as he was leaving the British camp the brother of 
Saladin (who he had twice before defeated) followed him, and with two Saracens in 
his company, and riding around a small hill, suddenly made a furious attack upon 
Eustace, knight. • De Whitney defended himself with the greatest vigor, but his 
assailants were gaining upon him when a furious Spanish bull, which was feeding 
near the scene of conflict, was attracted by the red dress of the two Saracens, and 
made so furious an attack upon them that they were diverted from their intended 
prey, and sought safety in flight. Sir Randolph soon succeeded in wounding his 
single assailant, whom he left for dead, and then overtaking the two Saracens he 
dispatched them and proceeded upon the mission of the king. According to the 
superstitions of that time, Sir Randolph attributed the event to the especial interpo- 
sition of the Virgin, a medal of whom, consecrated by the pope, he had continually 
worn on his breast. On his return to England he erected a chapel to the \'irgm, 
which was called Our Lady of Palestine Oratory, the walls of which remain to this 
day, adjoining the grounds of the ancient family mansion of Whitney on the Wve. 

As a matter of course, the name Whitney occurs in the lists of gentlemen in the 
commission of peace of Herefordshire, as temp. Elizabeth, Eustace Whitney. About 
1678, Thomas Whitney, of Whitney; in 1799, James Whitney of Norton Canon, 
related to the Whitney family of Whitney court. 

Probably to the same family is to be assigned John Whitney, the author of a 
very rare book, entitled "Genteel Recreation; or, the Pleasure of Angling," a poem, 
with the dialogue between Piscator and Corydon, 1700. There was a Rev. George 
Whitney instituted in 1807 to the rectory of Stretford, Herefordshire, who died in 
1836. I have read somewhere, says Mr. Green, that a Captain Whitney was a com- 
panion of Sir Walter Raleigh, and of the name a lieutenant fought at Worcester on 
the Royalists' side. Sir Robert Whitney, knt. of King James' "and Charles' reign, 
had four sons, who all died without issue, and four daughters, to whom the estate 
descended. They all married and enjoyed shares in the property. Robert Rodd, 
the only son of Thomas Rodd, married Hannah Whitney, one of the four daughters, 
and conveyed her share to Robert Price of Foxley, by whom it was sold to William 
Wardour. The latter acquired the rest of the estate and built the present Whitney 
Court, and also in 1740, Whitney church, to replace the one swept away ten vears 
before by a flood on the Wye, a calamity which involved the destruction of all the old 
family monuments but one, that to the memory of Williams of Cabalva, in the neigh- 
borhood, who married into the Whitney family. Mrs. Bourne held the property from 
William Wardour, and left it to her grandson, the grandfather of the present owner, 
Tompkyns Dew, Esq., and of his brother, the Rev. Henry Dew, rector of the parish. 

The present representative of the Herefordshire Whitneys is Thomas Whitney, 
Esq., of Bath. The Whitneys were also established at a very early date at Cheshire, 
and had a seat at the Coole Pilate, a township in the widespread parish of Acton, 
near Nantwich, almost as soon as those of Herefordshire were settled upon the 
Welsh border. The manor of Coole Pilate was anciently parcel of the barony of 
Wich Malbank, is now the property of Kilmorey. In this township were two halls 
with considerable estates annexed, one of which belonged to the Whitneys, who 
became possessed of it in the reign of Richard II., 1377-99, and had a seat there for 
many generations. This estate was purchased in 1744 of Hugh Whitney, by whose 
death the family is supposed to have become extinct. The purchaser was John 
Darlington, whose daughter brought it in marriage to Henry Tomkinson, Esq., of 
Dorfold, the present proprietor. The hall is occupied by a farmer. Toward the end 
of the last century, Air. Silas Whitney, also a poet or writer of verse, from the neigh- 
borhood of Nantwich, carried on business in Knutsford as a cotton manufacturer. 
He was reputed to be descended from the Whitneys of Coole Pilate, and a relative 
of the celebrated Josiah Wedgwood. When political feeling ran high and fierce 
about the first French Revolution, he is said to have emigrated to the United States, 
where, however, no trace of him has been found. 



IT is the scenery on the banks of the Wye which has gained for it the name of the 
most beautiful river in England. Turbid and hurried in itself, it runs through 
some of the most lovely landscape in England. The views are of the most 
beautiful description of perspective, arising from the mazy course of the stream 
and the loftiness of its banks. A tiny steamer now and then forges up the river 
against the fierce current, or readily floats down on the top of it; but the Wye 
may best be judged from its banks; and as the Wye Valley Railway carries the 
tourist from one end of the valley to the other, the more practicable plan is to take 
the train from point to point up the valley, the beauties of which occupy — speaking 
within bounds — a fair hundred miles. It is the extent of the sylvan and other 
beauties of the Wye which have made it so perfectly celebrated. From its source, 
near the summit of Plinlimmon, to its union with the lordly Severn, the Wye is 
continuously beautiful. In the midst of the Welsh hills it is exceedingly wild and 
rugged; but no sooner does it reach the vales of Herefordshire than it becomes 
singularly smooth and placid, and thence flows through Monmouthshire until it 
loses itself in the Severn. 

At Ross are to be found, in the parish church, the celebrated elms which sprang 
up through the floor of the pew once occupied by John Kyrle, Pope's celebrated 
" Man of Ross." Near Chepstow is the celebrated stretch of private property called 
Piercefield, which possesses three miles of paths winding along the edges of the 
cliffs above the Wye. From the summit of the Wyncliff, which is seven to eight 
hundred feet above high water, the observer may see portions of seven English and 
two Welsh counties, and the river at this point winds through the landscape like 
a carelessly thrown river of silver. 



IN the month of June, 1892, I took the train accompanied by my wife, from Here- 
ford to the parish of Whitney-on-the-Wye, seventeen miles distant, to see if per- 
chance I could learn anything there of our ancestors. 

There are none there now bearing the name of Whitney, but there are 
the manors of Whitney and of Clifford formerly owned by the Whitney family and 
not yet wholly alienated. 

Whitney is a section of beautiful country with an old stone church, stone cot- 
tage for the rector, and a somewhat modern manor house. We could get no pub- 
lic carriage for our conveyance. 

We found thai we had an hour and a half before the departure of the next train 
for London, and we resolved to make the most of that time, with such directions as 
we could get from the station master, who was very accommodating and intelligent. 
He referred us to the rector. Rev. Henry Dew, as a gentleman who would receive 
us hospitably and furnish us all the information that there was to be had on the sub- 
ject of our inquiries. 

From the station the outlook over the surrounding country embraced in the 
manors of Whitney and Clifford was as lovely as anything we had seen in England. 
The Wye flowed through the valley a few rods below the station while the broad 
fields and forests stretched away in the distance toward the Welsh mountains which 
were the principal features in the landscape. 

The rectory was quarter or half a mile distant. Going from the station we 
passed by the pretty little church. We entered the churchyard and searched for 
Whitney memorials. We found none, because, as we afterward learned, some lime 
in the middle of the eighteenth century the Wye, in a freshet, swept away the old 
castle, the old church and the monuments and graves of the Whitneys from the time 
that they settled in that place. The new church contains many of the old granite 
stones which were left from the ruins of the old church. The old font, hollowed 
from a solid granite block, which was there before the freshet, probably from the 
original building of the church and in which the Whitney infants have been baptized 


probably from the eleventh or twelfth century, was also recovered from the ruins and 
placed in the new church, where it still stands. 

I have a photograph of that font taken since I was there, which I shall be happy 
to show to any of the modern members of the family. 

Leaving the church we went up a hill, through a lane bordered by trees, to the 
rectory where we were first saluted by the vigorous barking of a small, black dog. 
A young lady, whom we afterward ascertained to be a daughter of the rector, soon 
made her appearance. She left us to seek her father, and he soon came and took us 
to the garden in the front of the house where he had been working among his flowers. 
He was a straight, dignified English clergyman who, when he learned who we 
were and what we desired, at once gave us a cordial and hospitable welcome. He 
invited us into the house, where another daughter. Miss Jane, joined us. We pro- 
longed our call there with him and his daughter as llong as we could remain. Out 
of that call sprang a most interesting correspondence with Miss Dew, the daughter, 
from which I have derived much of the information made use of in the following 
record. I presume that I have more than twenty letters from her, generally 
very long and full of interesting details. I think she must have spent a great deal 
of her time in looking up ancient records to find material for her letters to me. I 
shall always entertain sincere friendship and respect for the Rev. Henry Dew and 
his accomplished daughter. Miss Jane. 

Rev. Henry Dew was a brother of Sir Tompkyns Dew, the last owner of the 
estate. He was a descendant of the Whitneys through some one of the female mem- 
bers of the family to whom the estate came by failure of the male line. Sir Tomp- 
kyns' little daughter, at the time of our visit a child about five years old, represents 
the broad acres of the estates of Whitney and Clifford, now, I regret to say, so heav- 
ily mortgaged that it seems quite possible, if not probable, that by the foreclosure of 
the mortgages they will soon pass into unknown and alien ownership. 

I believe that the rector's tenure of the living can not be terminated during his 
life, but at his death the pretty rectory, where he has lived more than fifty years and 
has much beautified, will pass to strangers with the rest of the estate, and thus the 
last W^hitney traces be obliterated from the spot with which they have been so long 

After the conquest the manor of Whitney, so called, was given by William the 
Conqueror to Torstinus,one of his soldiers. It was one of nine tracts granted to this 
same person according to the Doomsday Book, and the one upon which he settled. 

He was a valiant fighter, one of the northern sea-rovers who joined the army of 
William on the expedition for the conquest of England. The amount of bounty 
allotted him by William shows that he was a man of position and consequence. He 
was specially commissioned to guard the frontiers against the incursions of the 
Welsh, and for this purpose had his castle situated on the Wye and within the 
bounds of the present manor of Whitney. 

His son Eustacius, who inherited his property, assumed the name of Whitney, 
which has been borne from that date to the present time. 

The Whitneys were the chief men in the vicinity, sheriffs of the county and 
Members of Parliament. Several of them lost their lives in the wars at home and 
abroad, to which they were summoned by their kings. 

A decree of King Henry IV. dated Feb. 14, 1404, commences as follows: 
■" The King to all to whom, &c., Greeting — 

"Know ye that since the father of Robert Whiteney, Esquire, and his uncle 
and a great part of his relations have been killed in our service at the capture of 
Edmund Mortemer, and his property has been burned and destroyed by our rebels 
of Wales, so that the said Robert has not any castle or fortress where he can tarry 
to resist and punish our aforesaid rebels as we accept (accessimus) We, of our 
special grace, have granted to the said Robert, the Castle of Clifford and the lord- 
ships of Clifford and Glasbury, together with all the lands, tenements," &c. 

By this act the lordship of Clifford, on the opposite side of the Wye and adja- 
cent to Whitney, was added to the domain of the Whitneys and has so remained 
until the present day. 

In the last part of the 17th century Sir Thomas Whitney, lord of these estates, 
died leaving his son, Sir Robert Whitney, as his heir. Sir Robert had four sons, 
■who all died without issue. He also had four daughters, to whom his estate descended 
upon his several sons dying without issue. 

One of these daughters, Hannah, married Robert Rodd, to whom and the other 
■daughters the estates came, apparently by the law of inheritance. Through them 
it ultimately came to William Warden, who was the owner at the time of the freshet. 


by which the church and the castle were destroyed. He rebuilt the church and the 
manor house. The ruins of the castle may still be seen where the freshet left them. 

This property passed from the male line of Whitneys to the female descend- 
ants, through whom it is still held. Thus, although the name of Whitney still 
remains attached to the property, the individuals of that name are not connected 
with it, but are widely scattered both in England and in this country. 

July 20, 1592, John Whitney was baptized in the St. Margaret's Church, London. 
He was son of Thomas, who was grandson or great-grandson of the last Sir Robert 
Whitney. In 1635 with his wife, Eleanor, and five children he embarked for Amer- 
ica. Here he settled in Watertown, where he continued to reside the remainder of 
his life. His sons settled either in Watertown or towns near it. His grandson, 
Nathaniel, settled in the western part of Watertown, which is now Weston. 

Arms. Azure, a cross chequey or and sable. Upon a canton, gules; a lion rampant 

Crest. A bull's head couped sable; horned argent; horns tipped with red. 
Motto. Fortis sed non ferox. 


By henry MELVILLE, Esq. 

HE was the first of the name in America, and the son of Thomas Whitney, 
"gentleman," of Westminster, by his wife, Mary Bray, and was baptized in 
St. Margaret's, the parish church standing in the shadow of the famous Abbev, 
on the 20th day of July, 1592. 

Thomas was not a native of the city of his residence, but had come from one of 
the oldest and most distinguished families in the west of England, the Whitneys 
of Whitney, where, on the banks of the Wye, the crumbling ruins of their ancestral 
castle could still be seen surviving centuries of border warfare. His uncle, Sir 
James, knighted by Queen Elizabeth at Winsor in 1570, was lord of Whitney, Clifford, 
Pencombe, Ocle Pitchard, Kings Capell, Boughrid, Tremayne, Icomb, Clifton and 
Comwich, and sheriff of Herefordshire; his grandfather, Sir Robert, knighted by 
Queen Mary in 1553, represented that county in parliament, and from the latter 
could be traced back a long knightly line of Whitneys and De Whitneys to the 
twelfth century, when the name originated, and, beyond them, Norman ancestors, 
with other names even to the conquest. 

One or more of his forefathers had gone on a crusade to the Holy Land, one had 
fought under Edward I. in the Scotch war of 1301, another had twice represented 
Richard II. abroad in important affairs of state and had been slain "at the capture 
of Edmund Mortimer," a fourth had followed Henry V. in the triumphs of English 
arms in France, a fifth had risked land and life for the "White Rose" and had had 
his praises sung by the Welsh bard, Glyn Cothi, and nearly every one had been sher- 
iff of his shire and had sat in the great national council. They quartered on their 
shields the arms of Milbourne. Eynesford, Furnival, \'erdon, Lovetot, Baskerville, 
Boteler, Rees, Lienthall, Le Gros, Bredwardine, Sollers, Brugge and Blackett, and 
their marriage alliances had been, almost without exception, with families whose 
names are great in history, through at least two of which Thomas could claim blood 
relationship to royalty from William the Conquerer to Edward I. 

The family name, Whitney, or, as originally written, De Whitney, was derived 
from the name of the parish where the castle stood. Aluard, a Saxon, held the land 
before the Conquest, but at the time of the "Domesday Survey," 1086 A. D., it was 
"waste" with no owner, save the King as paramount lord. 

Sir Turstin, one of the Conqueror's Knights, commonly known as "Turstin the 
Fleming" and "Turstin De Wigmore," married Agnes, daughter of Alured De 
Merleberge,one of the great barons of the realm, who settled on her, with other land, 
the Pencombe estate. Agnes had two sons, Eustace and Turstin, to the former of 
whom the property passed. Eustace's son, or grandson, some time between 1100 and 
1200 A. D., engaging in the border wars, built a stronghold and took up his residence 
at Whitney, on the banks of the Wye, and thus, after the custom of the times, 
acquired the surname De (of) Whitney, as one of his neighbors gained that of 
De Clifford, and another that of De la Hay. The first mention of a De Whitney in 
any record now extant is that of " Robert De Wytteneye," in the Testa de Nevill, 


1242 A. D. There are numerous records relating to Robert's son, "Sir Eustace De 
Wytteneye," and from the latter down an authentic account can be given of each 
head of the family in the long line. 

After more than four years of research and two visits to England, Henry Mel- 
ville, Esq.. of the New York bar, has compiled and published a richly illustrated 
book entitled 


which is the authority for the foregoing statements, and which those mentioned in 
the following pages as among the descendants of the latter will wish to see, and from 
the two works combined learn the names of their progenitors in unbroken series for 
eight hundred years. 

Of the life of Thomas Whitney nothing is certainly known beyond the following 
facts: On May 10, 1583, he obtained from the Dean and Chapter of Westminster a 
license to marry Mary, daughter of John Bray, in which he is described as " Thomas 
Whytney of Lambeth Marsh, gentleman," and on May 12th the marriage ceremony 
was performed in St. Margaret's. "Lambeth Marsh" is a name still applied to a 
locality near the Surrey end of Westminster bridge. There were born to him nine 
children, viz: Margaret, Thomas, Henry, Arinvaye, John, Nowel!, Francis, Mary, 
and Robert, but only three, viz., John, Francis, and Robert, survived childhood. Of 
these John emigrated to Watertown, Mass., Francis died at Westminster in 1643, and 
Robert in the parish of St. Peters, Cornhill, London, in 1662. In 1611 it is recorded 
that Thomas paid the subsidy tax, and December 6, 1615, on the probate of the will 
of his father-in-law, John Bray, he was appointed executor. February 22, 1607, he 
apprenticed his son John, and >s'ovember 8, 1624, his son Robert. The record of the 
latter, like the marriage license, describes him as a "gentleman." September 25, 
1629, he buried his wife, and in April, 1637, died himself. His eldest surviving son, 
John, being then out of England, administration of his estate was, on May 8, 1637, 
granted to the other two, Francis and Robert. 

The accounts of the latter show that the deceased was in comfortable circum- 

John, in whom we are most interested, probably received, for those days, a good 
education in the famous " Westminster School," now known as St. Peter's College, 
and February 22, 1607, at the age of fourteen, was apprenticed by his father to Will- 
iam Pring of the Old Bailey, London. The latter was a " Freeman " of the Merchant 
Tailors' Company, then the most famous and prosperous of all the great trade guilds, 
numbering in its membership distinguished men of all professions, many of the 
nobility and the Prince of Wales, and, on March 13, 1614, Whitney at the age of 
twenty-one became a full-fledged member. Marrying soon after he took up his resi- 
dence at Isleworth-on-the-Thames, eight miles from Westminster, and there three 
children were born, baptized on the following dates: May 23, 1619, Mary; September 
14, 1621, John; and January 6, 1623-4, Richard. There^ too, November 8, 1624, his 
father apprenticed to him his youngest brother, Roliert, who served seven years. 
Soon after the latter date he moved from Isleworth, probably back to London. 
Entries in the registers of the parish of St. Mary Aldermery indicate that he lived 
there — in " Bowe lanne," near Bow church, where hang the famous bells — for several 
years, during which time Mary died, and his son Thomas was baptized December 10, 
1627. In September, 1631, he placed his eldest child, John, Jr., in the Merchant 
Tailors school — where, according to the registers, he remained as long as the family 
were in England — and, early in April, 1635, registered with his wife Elinor and sons 
John, Richard, Nathaniel, Thomas, and Jonathan as a passenger in the ship " Eliza- 
beth and Ann, Roger Cooper, Master." which, a few weeks afterward, completed 
her lading and set sail for the New World. 

Extracts from the books of the Merchant Taylors' Company, of the city of Lon- 
don, England. 

July, 1592, Thomas Whitney, son of Henrv Whitney of Minehall, in the county 
of Surrey, gentleman, apprenticed to William Persie of Watling street. 

April 14, 1600, Thomas Whitney made free by Henry Pratt, his assigned master, 
from Mr. Rowe, who was his assigned master from William Persie, his first master. 
The report of Mr. Rowe for two years and by Mr. Persie for two years and three 
months, certified by their letters to Henry Pratt for the residue. 

June 23, 1593, Thomas Whitney, son of Nichols Whitney of Carsleton, in the 
county of Hereford, gentleman, deceased, apprenticed to Robert Davies of St. 
Andrews in Holborn. 

July 19, 1602, Thomas Whitney made free by Robert Davies, his master. 


Feb. 22, 1607, John Whitney, son of Thomas Whitney of the city of Westminster, 
yeoman, apprenticed to William Pring of the Old Bailey. 

March 13, 1614, John Whitney made free by William Pring, his master. 

April 26, 1613, Richard Whitney, son of Robert Whitney of Ugley, in the county 
of Essex, yeoman, apprenticed to William Searson. 

June 28, 1620, Richard Whitney made free by his service with William Searson, 
his master. 

March 8, 1624, Robert Whitney, son of Thomas Whitney of the city of Westmin- 
ster, gentleman, apprenticed to John Whitney of Isleworth. 

1632, Robert Whitney made free by John Whitney, his master, upon the report 
of his master. 


THOMAS WHITNEY was a resident of Plymouth as eaily as 1634; for that year 
he was one of the jury in the trial of cases before the Plymouth Colony Court. 
He served as a member of the jurv in the trial of cases during the years 1648- 
49-50-51-53-54-56-57-59-60-61-62-63-64-65-66-67. He took the oath of fidelity at 
Plymouth in 1657. There is no record of the births of any of his children at Ply- 
mouth. He must have been well along in years when he married. His wife, Win- 
nefred, died July 23, 1660, aged only 22 years. (See Plymouth Colony Record.) 

Jeremiah Whitney resided in Plymouth in 1643, for at that time he was included 
in a list of those able to bear arms. In 1657 he took the oath of fidelity at Sandwich, 

Stephen Whitney was one of the first settlers of Huntington, L. I. 

Henry Whitney was another early settler and located in Connecticut. The 
genealogy of his descendants, both male and female lines, has been very fully 
traced by the late Stephen \\'hitney Phoenix, of New York City, ably assisted by the 
late D. Williams Patterson, of Newark Valley, New York. There are a number of 
inaccuracies in that work, but the most glaring in it is the alleged connection 
between the American and English branches. The following letter from Col. 
Joseph Lemuel Chester fully explains the imposition: 

London, Eng., Jan. 16, 1880. 

I do not know whether Mr. Whitmore has mentioned to you the contents of my 
last letter to him, respecting the Whitney pedigree in Mr. Phoenix's splendid volume. 
If not, I may now say to you that Mr. Phcenix's suspicions being aroused as to the 
accuracy of the English pedigree furnished by Mrs. De Salis, he begged me to inves- 
tigate It. 

It required but a single glance at the pedigree and her statements in the text, to 
enable me to determine that they were fictitious, as I saw at once that they stated 
what I knew to be impossibilities. A little investigation revealed all that she had 
done, and enabled me to determine exactly how she had done it. 

As this is now the third of her American cases which I have examined with sim- 
ilar results, I felt not only justified, but bound to interpose between her and my 
countrymen. I taxed her with what I had discovered, and now have her confession 
that the two wills of Thomas Whitney and Ann Roberts, the alleged father and aunt 
of the emigrant Henry Whitney, on which alone the pedigree is based (as you will 
see by referring to the books), were pure fabrications, although she persists in declar- 
ing that they were not fabricated by herself, but by some mysterious assistant, whom 
she trusted. This, however, I have good reason for not believing. 

I have also her written pledge that she will never again seek or accept a com- 
mission from the United States. I do not know yet what course Mr. Phoenix will 
pursue either here or at home, so perhaps you will guard what I now write as at least 

After this experience, it is fair to presume that all her other American clients 
have been treated in a similar manner. Sincerely yours, 

Jos. L. Chester. 



THE Whitney family is very numerous in America; not only in New England are 
they abundant, but in nearly every state and territory in the United States. A 
very large share of those who bear the name are the descendants of John and 
Elinor Whitney of Watertown, in the Massachusetts colony. No relationship is 
traced between this family and that of Henry Whitney of Norwalk, Conn., who 
located there in 1665, and the genealogy of whose descendants, both male and female 
lines, has been published by S. Whitney Phoenix, being the most exhaustive and 
expensive work of this kind ever published in America.* 

John Whitney was born in England in 1589, and dwelt in the Parish of I-sieworth- 
•on-the-Thames, opposite Richmond, nine miles from London, from May, 1619, to 
January, 1623-4. The record " of persons permitted to embark at the port of Lon- 
don after Christmas, 1634," manuscript folio page 35 in Rolls office. Chancery Lane, 
gives the following names and ages: John Whitney 35, Elinor Whitney 30, John 11, 
Richard 9, Nathaniel 8, Thomas 6, Jonathan 1. 

The record reads as follows: 

The Elizabeth and Ann, Roger Cooper Mr., April, 1635. 

These p'ties hereunder expressed are to be imbarqiied for New England, having 
taken the oaths of Allegeance and Supremacie and likewise brought Certificate both 
from the Ministers and Justices when their abidings were latlie, of their conformitie 
to the Discipline and order of the Church of England, and yet they are no Subsedy 
Men. Jo. Whitney, 35; Jo. Whitney, 11; Richard Whitney, 9; Nathaniel Whitney, 8; 
Tho. Whitney, 6; Jonathan Whitney, 1; Ellen Whitney, 30. 

The ages of John Whitney and his five sons, as thus given, were all too young. 

The parish register of Isleworth contains the following entries: 

1621, Sept. 14, John Whitne and Ellin had John their son baptized. 

1623-4, Jan. 6, John Whitne and Elinor his wife had their son Richard baptized. 
It is suggested that the non-conformity acts might have had some influence in mak- 
ing the ages of the several members of the family younger than they were. 

They settled in Watertown, in the Massachusetts colony, in June, 1635, where his 
son Joshua was born the 15th of July following, he being the first .of this line born in 
America. John Whitney was admitted freeman 3d of ^Iarch, 1636, and the following 
year was for the first time elected by his associates as one of the Select Men of the 
town. He held the office for many years afterward, until 1655, at which time he was 
elected town clerk. June 1, 1641, he was appointed constable at Watertown by the 
General Court at their quarter session held in Boston. 

At that time constables were appointed by the General Court, and, besides the 
duties attached to the office in latter times, they were required to collect the taxes of 
the town and the levies by the General Court; to pay the debts of the colony due to 
individuals in their respective towns; to supply the town with sealed weights and 
measures; to set or order in those towns where no captain dwelt, and to inflict the 
punishments ordered by judicial authority, "where there was not another appointed 
to do it within his own town, unless he can get another to do it." As a badge of his 
■office a constable Jwas required to carry a black staff five or five and a half feet 
long, with a tip or head five or six inches long. 

His very early admission as a freeman and his election as a Select Man show 
that he held a respectable social position in the community. 

He was grantee of eight lots in Watertown and purchaser of 16 acres, his home- 
stall lot, where he continued to reside. This latter property was granted to John 
Strickland,t and was bounded east and south by William Jennison, west by Mar- 
tin Underwood, north by Isaac Mixer. His eight lots amounted to 212 acres, 
to which he subsequently made additions, as shown by the Registry of Deeds. Later 
the homestall became the property of his son, Joshua, of Groton, who sold it to Dea. 
Nathan Fiske, Oct. 29, 1697. 

The death of John Whitney is registered in the church record of Watertown, 
1673, thus: "John Whetny, Widdower, Deceased first of June, aged abought eighty- 

*\Vliitne.v. The Whitney Family of Connecticut and its AtKliatious. Being an attempt to 
trace the Descendants, as well in the Female as the Male Lines, of Henry Whitney, from 1649 to 
1878. To which is prefixed some account of the Whitneys of England. By S. Whitney Phcenix. 3 
Tery thick vols. 4to. Bound by Matthews in half morocco. Edition of 510 copies, privately 
printed, all for presentation. N. Y., 187S. $5000 

t He was dismissed from the Watertown church May 29, 1635, and was one of the Watertown 
«olony that planted Wethersfield, Conn., the oldest town on the Connecticut river. 


four years." His wife, Elinor, mother of his eight sons, died in Watertown May 11, 
1659, aged about 60 years (though called 54). He married Judah (Judith) Clement, 
Sept. 29, 1659. .. 

His will, dated April 3, 1673, is as follows: 

I John Whitney senior of Watertowne in ye county of midlesexx being perfect 
and sound in my memory and understanding blessed be god for it: I do declare 
this to be my last will and testemant In maner and form as followeth 

lly 1 committ my spirit into ye hands of god yt gave it: and my body unto the 
earth from whence it was taken; 

21y I give unto my Son John Whitney: my meadow called beeverbrook mead- 
ows with yt upland yt doth appertain thereunto: and a yoke of oxen: or nine pounds 
ten shillings: and ten acres of my land called dcvcdent and a trunke and one pair of 
sheets and one pair of pillows beers and two pewter dishes a great one and a small 
one and ye bed whereon I lie with all the furniture thereunto belonging. 

31y I give unto my son Richard Whitney my ten acres of land called devident 
and two cowes and a great sea chest 

41y I give unto my son Thomas Whitney ten acres of my land called devident 
and two cowes and a sad colered sute namely a payer of breeches and a close coate 
and a puter dish. 

Sly I give unto my son Jonathan Whitney an iron kitle and a great brass skilet. 

61y I give unto my son Joshua Whitney twenty acres of my land called devident 
and a cubbard and a little table and a chest and a great kitle and a warming pan 
and a skillett. 

71y 1 give unto my son Benjamin Whitney the old mare if she live. 

Sly My will is yt what of my estate be left after all is paid out as ye aboves 
namely of my moveables yt it be equaly devided between my execeutors and 1 doe 
nominate and apoynt my well beloved sones John Whitney and Joshua Whitney to be 
my execeutors to this my will and testament and I doe desire my loveing friend 
William Bond sen to se yt this my will be performed acording to ye true intent of it 
as is aforesaid and doe set to my hand this 3d of Aprill 1673. 

Ye centerline in ye line 24 ye wood devided was don before any subscribing or 

The marks of X 

Jon Whitney sen and a scale. 
In ye presince of us 

William Bond sen 

Sarah Bond sen 

This is an inventory of the estate of Mr. John Whitnie, sene, taken this 4th of 
•June, 1673, by us whose names are hereunto subscribed. 

Impe Wearing Clothes. 

A sad coleired sute coats and breeches 001 10 00 

The rest of both linin and woollen and shooes stocking hats gloves 

being much worne 002 10 00 

The bed wheareon he lay wth all the furniture thereunto belonging.. . 05 00 00 
Three pillows beers three sheets and three small old table clothes.. . . 001 00 00 

An old feather boulster and feather pillows a sea chest 000 10 00 

Two old chests an old trunke an old box and an old Cubbard 000 14 00 

Two old tables one forme 4 old chaires 001 00 00 

Three pewter platters one basson a sacer and old great pott and old 

pewter bottle and a chamber pott 000 12 00 

A brass kitle 2 brass skillets a brass skimer a warming pan a small 

brass morter a little ladell of brass 001 02 00 

An iron pot and pott hooks a tramell a iron kittle a spit a smoothing 

iron and two old frying pans 001 05 00 

Three earthen vessels a great grater 2 chuny dishes a dozen of 

trenchers a wooden dish 3 cheese moats 000 03 00 

A small trevit a pair of tongs and a small payer of scales pound and 

half in waits a spindell for a wheelle and an iron bullet 000 02 00 

A churne and other lumber 000 05 00 

Four cowes 010 00 00 

Two oxen 009 10 00 

A old maer 002 10 00 

Anoldsadlean pillion 000 10 00 

An old paire of soops and boxes for a cart a payer of iron pins for the 

extree a payer of lines pins and washers 000 10 GO 


A chaine a iron bar a spoone of iron an 'old adsc a set for a saw two 

wedges and an iron pin for a cart a hay crome and other old iron, 000 12 00 

A grind stone with the iron to it 000 04 00 

An old haire a cart rope an old bage two old cushins 000 02 00 

Fifty acres of land caled devident 025 00 00 

Three acres of meadow at beaver brooke with an acre and half of up- 
land to it 020 00 00 

An acre of meadow called plaine meadow 010 00 00 

A forke and a shovell 000 02 00 

All so of 000 14 00 

Joseph Underwood 
William Bond 
Nathan Fiske 

Massachusetts Colony Records. 

A quarter Court, held at Boston, the first of the 4th mo., 1641. 
John Whitney was chosen constable at Watertowne and tooke oath. 
There was granted to Goodm. Nutt, Marten \'nderwood, John Whitney, Henry 
Kemball and John Witheredge alowance for 83'^ yrd. of cloth, valued at 12 d. 
p. yrd. 

165.5. In answer to the peticion of Mr. Lymon Eires, Jno. Stone, Jno. Whitney, 
Wm. Page, etc , the Court judgeth it meete to referre the peticioners to the retourne 
of the commissiones appointed to settle the matters in difference betweene them 
those acts this Court doth approove of and contjnew, as they are presented to this 
Court, and are on file. 


JOHN WHITNEY probably arrived in June, and immediately settled in Water- 
town, where his son Joshua was born the loth of July. He purchased a sixteen 
acre homestall, which had been granted to John Strickland, who was dismissed 
from the Watertown church May 29, 1635, and was one of that colony from Water- 
town that went and planted Wethersfield, the oldest town on Connecticut river. 
This homestead was the permanent residence of Mr. Whitney. In 1668 he requested 
his youngest son, Benjamin, who had settled in York, Me., to return and live with him 
on his homestead, with the assurance that it should be his own after his father's 
decease. In 1671 Benjamin, with his father's consent, conveyed his rights and obli- 
gations in this homestead to his brother Joshua, who had settled in Groton, for £A{i. 
After the decease of his father Joshua returned to Groton, and on the 29th October, 
1697, sold this ancient homestead to Dea. Nathan Fiske. It was situated at a little 
distance north of Belmont street and east of Common street. (See the majj of the 
original allotments in Bond's Early History of Watertown.) 

It is stated above that Mr. Whitney purchased his homestall, but before 1642 the 
town had granted him nine other lots of land, amounting to 198 acres. The Registry 
of Deeds, which contains comparatively few of the early conveyances, shows that he 
made several purchases of land, and it is probable that he had aided all his other 
sons in their settlements as he did Jonathan, to whom he gave 39 acres about 1659 — 
and Benjamin, to whom he gave the homestead as we have already noticed. 
Jonathan and Benjamin received these gifts from their father when they were quite 
young, and it is possible that they shared in some later division of his estate, which 
may account for the fact that Mr. Whitney in his will, while he bequeathes parcels of 
land to all his other sons, merely gives to Jonathan " one iron kitle and a great brass 
skilet; " to Benjamin, "the old mare if she live." 

Mr. W^hitney was admitted freeman March 3, 1635-6; appointed constable of 
Watertown by the General Court, June 1, 1641; selectman, 1638 to 16-55, inclusive, and 
town clerk, 1655. 

His wife Elinor, the mother of his eight sons, died May 11, 1659, aged 54; and 
he married Sept. 29, 1769, Judah Clement, who was not living at the date of his will, 
April 3, 1673. He died June 1, 1673, aged 74. Inventory, dated June 4, 1673: -50 acres 
■dividend land, 3 acres Beaver Brook meadow, and I'A acres upland; 1 acre plain 
meadow, besides his personal property, consisting of household goods and stock on 
the farm. This shows that he then held but a small part of his lands granted and 
purchased, which had probably been distributed to his sons. 



















1. John Whitney (Thomas, Robert), b. England, 1689, settled in Watertown, 

Mass., June, 1635, m. in England, Elinor , b. 1599, d. in Watertown, May 11, 

1659; m. 2d. in Watertown Sept. 29, 1659, Judith Clement. She died before her 
husband. He 4- June 1, 1673; res. Watertown, Mass. 

Mary, bap. Eng. May 23, 1619; d. young. 

John, b. Eng., 1620; in. Ruth Reynolds. 

Richard, b. Eng., 1626; m. Martha Coldam. 

Nathaniel, b. Eng., 1627; n. f. k. 

Thomas, b. Eng., 1629; m. Mary Kedall (Kettle). 

Jonathan, b. Eng., 1634; m. Lvdia Jones. 

Joshua, b. Wat., July 5, 1635; m. Lydia , Mary and 

Abigail Tarball. 

Caleb, b. Wat.. July 12, 1640; d. buried 12 (5) 1640. 

Benjamin, b. Wat., June 6, 1643; m. Jane and Mary Poor. 

3. John Whitney (John), b. England, 1620; res. in Watertown m. 1642, Ruth 
Reynolds, dau. of Robert, of Watertown, Weathersfield and Boston. 

He was admitted freeman May 26, 1647 ae. 23; was selectman 1673-80, inclu- 
sive. The will of Robert Reynolds, of Boston, dated Apr. 20, 1658, mentions his 
dau., Ruth Whitney and her eldest son; his dau. Sarah Mason and her son Robert. 
John's estate was admr. upon by Ruth and sons, John and Benjamin. Inventory 
dated Oct. 26, 1692, taken by Elnathan Beers and Thomas Hammond. It embraced 
18 lots or parcels of land amounting to 210 acres and prized at ;^197:15. Item- 
braced one lot of 17 acres, " purchased of father Arnold." His will was not proved, 
it was written Feb. 27, 1685, subscribed in the year 1690. This will, written by him- 
self, though informal and not on record, may be found, in the files at the Middlesex 
Probate office and provides /;?/<??- a//a as follows: "If any of my sonnes or sone-in 
laws or daughters be quarelsom by going to Law or troublesom to the brethren I say 
they shall lose the share of what I have bequeatted them. I desire they should live 
in love to God and one toward anothr." 

Mr. Whitney first settled (1643) and always resided on a three-acre lot on the east 
side of Lexington street, on land granted to E. How, and the next lot south of the 
residence of the Phillips family, and is probably the same lot occupied by his great- 
grandson, Bradshaw Whitney. The ground is somewhat elevated, and there is little 
doubt that it is the "Whitney Hill " sometimes mentioned in the records, Dr. Bond 
thinking it very probable that his supposition, p. 1031, respecting this hill, is incor- 

In 1675, in a warrant issued to the people of Watertown (just a few months prior 
to the attack on Sudbury) for impressing twenty soldiers with provisions, arms and 
ammunition and good clothing for the defense of the colony, Capt. Hugh Mason 
made a return, and in the list is found the names of John Whitney, Sr., and Moses 
Whitney (the latter was probably his nephew). 

He d. Oct. 12, 1692; res. Watertown, Mass. 

11. i. John, b. Sept. 17, 1643; m. Elizabeth Harris. 

12. ii. Ruth; b. Apr. 15, 1645; m. June 20, 1664, John Shattuck, b. Feb. 11, 

1646. He was drowned in passing Charlestown Ferry, Sept. 14, 
1675; m. 2nd Mar. 6, 1676, Enoch Laurence, b. Mar. 5,1649; d. 
Sept. 28, 1744. Ch. John, b. June 4, 1666; m. Mary Blood; was one 
of the selectmen; killed by the Indians with his son at Groton, 
Mar. 8, 1709. He was the ancestor of Lemuel Shattuck, Esq., of 
Boston, the historian of Concord, Mass; Ruth, b. Jan. 24, 1668; 
William, b. Sept. 11, 1670; m. Hannah Underwood and Deliver- 
ance Pease; Samuel, m. Elizabeth Blood and had nine ch.; ch. 

by 2nd husband, Nathaniel, b. Feb. 21, 1677; m. Hannah . 

One of his sons was captain of the Groton company; Daniel, b. 

Mar. 7, 1681; m. Sarah . In 1707 he moved from Groton 

toPlainfield,Conn.,inthat part which became Killingly; had two 
wives and 22 children; Zechariah, b. July 16, 1683; m. Abigail 
Parker and Lucy Lakin; Jeremiah, b. May 1, 1686. Enoch, the 
father, was wounded in a fight with the Indians July 27, 1694, 
which almost wholly prevented him from manual labor. John 
Shattuck was in Capt. Beers' company in the Squakeag fight, 
Sept. 4, 1675. 

13. iii. Nathaniel, b. Feb. 1, 1646; m. Sarah Hagar. 

14. iv. Samuel, b. July 26, 1648; m. Mary Bemis. 








Mary, b. Apr. 29, 1650; d. unm. after 1693. 

Joseph, b. Jan. 15, 1651; m. Martha BoBch. 

Sarah, b. March 17, 1658; m. Oct. 18, 1681, Daniel Harrington, b. 
Nov. 1, 1657; d. Apr. 19, 1728; ch. She d. June 8, 1720, and he 
m. 2nd Oct. 25, 1720, Elizabeth Bridge, wid. of Capt. Benja- 
minGarfield. Ch.: Daniel, b. Feb. 24, 1683; m. Elizabeth Warren; 
res. to Marlboro; Robert, b. July 2, 1685; m. Anna Harrington; 
res. Lexington; David, b. July 10, 1687; Jonathan, b. Feb. 2, 
1689; m. Elizabeth Bigelow; Joseph, b. Feb. 4, 1691; m. Martha 
Hastings; Sarah, b. Oct. 28, 1693; m. Nathaniel Livermore and 
Ebenezer Stone, of Newton. 

18. viii. Elizabeth, b. June 9, 1656; m. Dec. 19, 1678, Daniel Warren, b. 

Oct. 6, 16-53. He was selectman many times and rep. in 1701. 
Ch.: Elizabeth, b. Oct. 16,1679; d. Feb. 4, 1695; Ruth, b. Oct. 
15, 1681; m. Samuel Bigelow, of Marlboro; Mary, b. Jan. 25, 
1683; Daniel, b. Apr. 30, 1686; captain; m. Hannah Bigelow and 
, Mehitabel Garfield; Sarah, bap. Dec. 14, 1701; m. Daniel Galu- 
sha; Hannah, b. Jan. 25, 1690; m. John Bemis, Jr.; Jonas, b. July 
25, 1695; Jonas, b. Apr. 30, 1697; m. Elizabeth Seavens; Deliver- 
ence, b. Oct. 10, 1699; m. Josiah Coolidge; Mary, bap. May 2, 
1703, m. (?) Benjamin Tucker, of Leicester. 

19. ix. Hannah, b. ; unm. in 1693. 

/20. X. Benjamin, b. June 28, 1660; m. Abigail Hagar and Elizabeth . 

4. Richard W^hitney (John), b. England, 1626; m. Mar. 19, 1650, Martha 
Coldam. He was admitted freeman May 7, 1651. He was proprietor of Stow June 3, 
1680, and probably moved there when it was a part of Concord or belonged to it. 
His eight children were born in Watertown. 

Apr. 7, 1697, Richard Whitney of Stow, being 70 years of age, was released from 
training by the court. He d. ; res. Concord and Stow, Mass. ch. 

Sarah, b. Mar. 17, 1652. 

Moses, b. Aug. 1, 1655; m. Sarah Knight. 

Johanah, b. Jan. 16, 1656. 

Deborah, b. Oct. 12, 1658. 

Rebecca, b. Dec. 15, 1659; d. Feb. 1660. 

Richard, b. Jan. 13, 1660; m. Elizabeth Sawtell. 

Elisha, b. Aug. 26, 1662. Did he go to Conn.? 

Ebenezer, b. June 30, 1672; m. Anna . 

6. Thomas Whitney (John), b. England, 1629; m. in Watertown, Jan. 11, 1654, 
Mary Kedall or Kettle. 

Thomas Whitney was admitted freeman Apr. 18, 1690. 

"May 10, 1642, ordered that six pieces of common, called Pequusset, shall be laid 
out for the present necessity of John Kettle." [Watertown Record.] 
He d. Sept. 20, 1719; res. Watertown and Stow, Mass. 

Tho.mas, b. Aug. 24, 1656; m. Elizabeth Laurence. 
John, b. May 9, 1659; d. May 16. 1659. 
John, b. Aug. 22, 1660; d. Aug. 26, 1660. 
Eleazer, b. Sept. 2, 1662; m. Dorothy Ross. 

Elnathan, b. Sept. 2, 1662; d. unm. He was a town charge in 
1727, and the Selectman ordered to see if his brother Eleazer 
would look after him. He was then sixty-six years of age. He 
d. Mar. 8, 1727. He met with a serious accident and became 
suddenly insane. 

34. vi. Mary, b. Dec. 22, 1663; d. young. 

35. vii. Bezaleel, b. Sept. 16, 1665; n.f. k. 

36. viii. Sarah, b. Mar. 23, 1666; m. Apr. 11, 1699, Charles Chadwick; b. 

Nov. 19, 1674. Ch.: Charles, b. May 21, 1700, had a son Abijah, 

b. May 12, 1725; Elizabeth, b. May 3, 1702; Abigail, b. ; 

m. May 17, 1732, Capt. Henry Spring, of Weston, b. Feb. 2, 1710. 

37. ix. Mary, b. Aug. 6, 1668; d. Sept. 6, 1669. 

38. x. Isaiah, b. Sept. 16, 1671; m. Sarah (Woodward) Eddy. 

39. xi. Martha, b. Jan. 30, 1673; unm. She and her brother Elnathan 

had all the real and personal estate of their father. 

7. Jonathan Whitney (John), b. England, 1634; m. in Watertown, Oct. 30, 
1656, Lydia Jones, dau. of Lewis. 




























Jonathan Whitney was admitted an inhabitant of Sherborn in 1679. That year 
he signed the social compact entered mto by all the inhabitants. In 1681 he was 
one of a committee about division of common lands and signed an agreement about 
building a church. 

He d. in Sherborn in 1702, where he was as early as 1679, and settled near Chest- 
nut Brook. About 1659 his father gave him 89 acres of land, which he had pur- 
chased of Richard Woodward. Nov. 7, 1664, Jonathan Whitney and wife Lydia sold 
for ;i^40 this land, was situated in the little plain in Watertown, to Thomas Flagg. 
Nov. 7, 1664, he sold to Richard Child 5 acres of meadow, situated on a branch of 
Stony Brook. Jonathan Whitney took the oath of fidelity in 1652. His will is dated 
Jan. 12, 1702. The agreement of his heirs is dated Charlestown, Jan. 21, 1714. He 
d. in 1702. Res. Watertown and Sherborn, Mass. 

40. i. Lydia, b. July 3, 1657; m. Apr. 15, 1681, Moses Adams, of Sher- 

born, b. Oct. 6, 1654. He was tythingham, 1696; selectman, 1701; 
had land in Douglass in 1715 and d. May 27, 1724. Ch.: Benoni, 
b. Nov. 3, 1682; Lydia, b. Feb. 2, 1684; m. John Fisk; Eliza, b. 
Sept. 18, 1686; d. July 17, 1689; Hannah, b. Feb. 8, 1688; m. 
Nathaniel Fisk; Moses, b. Nov. 26, 1691; d.bef.l730; Elizabeth, 
b. Oct. 25, 1689; m; David Rider; James, b. July 7, 1693; Isaac, 
b. Mar. 4, 1695; Abigail, b. Sept. 7, 1697; m. Nathaniel Perry. 

41. ii. Jonathan, b. Oct. 20, 1658; m. Sarah Hapgood. 

42. iii. Anna, b. Apr. 28, 1860; m. Cornelius Fisher, of Wrentham. He 

was b. Feb. 8, 1660; res. Wrentham. Ch.: Jonathan, b. Feb. 22, 
1691 ; Cornelius, b. Sept. 29, 1692; Isaac,b. May 19, 1694; Ann, b. 
Mar. 28, 1696. She d. Mar. 6, 1701, and he m. 2nd, Mar. 27, 1702, 
Mary Colburn. 

43. iv. John, b. June 27, 1662; m. Mary Hapgood, Sarah Haven and Mrs. 
Martha (How) Walker. 

JosiAH, b. May 19, 1664; m. Abigail and Mary . 

Elinor, b. Oct. 12, 1666; d. Nov. 23, 1678. 

James, b. Nov. 25, 1668; d. Nov. 30, 1690. 

Isaac, b. Jan. 12, 1670; d. Dec. 2, 1690. 

Joseph, b. Mar. 10, 1672; m. Rebecca Barge. 

Abigail, b. Aug. 18, 1675; unm. in 1702. 

Benjamin, b. Jan. 6, 1678; m. in Sherborn, Oct. 24, 1700, Mercy 
Travis, and d. s. p. in 1718. She m. 2nd, prior to 1721, Lieut. 
Thomas Frink, of Sudbury, Mass. She was b. Feb. 8, 1668, the 
daughter of James and Mercy (Pierce) Travis, b. in Gloucester. 
The father the same year moved to Brookfield, where he resided 
until his return to Essex Co., where he d. 1717. Benjamin's will 
was made in the year 171:3-4, and proved Sept. 25, 1718. In 1712 
Benjamin Whitney and others petition to Gov. Dudley, from 
Sherborn, for leave to form a cavalry company. His estate was 
valued at /712. 

8. Dea. Joshua Whitney (John), b. Watertown, Mass., July 5, 1635, m. Lydia 
; m. 2d, Mary ,d. at Groton, Mar. 17, 1671; m. 3d, Sept. 30, 1672, Abigail 
















Joshua Whitney was the first of the family who was born in America. He 
was one of the earliest settlers, a deacon and original proprietor at Groton, Mass., 
and dwelt there probably until it was burnt by the Indians, during King Philip's 
war, in the spring of 1676. He returned to Watertown for a few years and died in 
1719. His will is dated Apr. 17, 1713, and proved Oct. 6, 1719. It mentions several 
children whose births are not recorded. He was buried in the old burying ground 
in Groton. He served as a soldier in King Philip's war with his son, Joshua, Jr., in 

From the various works on Groton, compiled by that able historian, Hon. Samuel 
A. Green, of Boston, I glean the following relating to Dea. Whitney: 

In 1681, y3, 84 and 87, he was elected one of the selectmen. In 1680 he was 
selected one of the board to arrange matters pertaining to the meeting house; 1684 
Joshuey Whitney elected constibell; 1690 Joshua Whetney elected a tithing-man; 
1685 Joshiway Whitney selected at the town meeting as a ffeus newers; 1693 elected 
overseer of highway; 1701 was chairman of the committee to heat the meeting house; 
1702 was again elected selectman. 


Groton, Apr. 22, 1715, at a church meeting: 

Whereas, Deacon Whitney is old, and desirous of the choice of another to 
officiate in his place, and wheras Dea. John Farnsworth is desirous of a new choice, 
unless he were more unanimously confirmed, the church did thereupon unanimously 
elect, or make choice of Simon Stone and Thomas Tarbele, to officiate as deacons in 
the church of Groton. 

Joshuay Whitny have payd for his land which he did purchis of the Town 
Comity in the yer 1683, the and inst sum of twellve shillins for twelve ackrs of land. 
I say payd for acording too ordr for the us of the Town. 

By Jonathan Mors, Clark. 

He d. Aug. 7, 1719;* Res. Watertown, Groton and Watertown, Mass. 

51. i. Joshua, b. June 14, 1666; m. Mary — — , and Sarah Fellows. 

52. li. Sarah, b. Oct. 10, 1668; m. July 11, 1704, Nathaniel Jewell, son of 

Nathaniel and Mary (Smedley) of Groton, b. Nov. 10, 1678, d. 
1730. Ch.: Sarah, b July 24, 1711; Abigail, b. Nov. 3, 1718; res. 

Plainfield, Conn. She m. 2d Taylor, for in her brother 

Joshua's will, in 1753, she is called Sarah Taylor. 

53. iii. Mary, b. July 1, 1675; m. Ephraim Peirce, b. Oct. 15, 1673, d. 

Feb. 27, 1740. She d. Dec. 29, 1749. Ephraim was one of the 
first settlers in Lunenburg. He was one of the first selectmen 
in 1728. [Hist, and Gen. Peirce family, by Fred C. Pierce.] Ch.: 
Mary, b. Aug. 9, 1696; m. Mar 17, 1719, Josiah Farnsworth; 
Elizabeth, b. July 24. 1698; m. Dec. 24, 1723, Thomas Farweli; 
Ephraim, b. Nov. 12, 1700; m. Esther Shedd and Mrs. Huldah 
Weatherbee; Sarah, b. Mar. 8, 1702; m. Oct. 27, 1720, Jonathan 
Parker; David, b. May 23, 1704; m. Elizabeth Bowers; Jonathan, 
b. Apr. 15,1706; d. Sept. 23, 1723; Simon, b. Oct. 15, 1707; m. 
Susannah Parker; Abigail, b. Nov. 20,1710; m. Ezra Farnsworth; 
Lydia, b. Nov. 20, 1713; d. Sept. 24, 1723. 
54. iv. William, b. Feb. 2S, 1678; m. Lydia Perham and Margaret 

Cornelius, b. ; m. Sarah Shepherd. 

David, b. in 1682; m. Elizabeth Warren. 

Martha, -b ; m. Feb. 1, 1708, Isaac Williams, Jr., of Newton, 

b. Nov. 1, 1686. Ch.: Abigail, b. Oct. 4, 1710; m. Josiah Fuller; 
Jonathan, b. Dec. 16, 1711; m. 1735, Deborah Spring, b. Feb. 27, 
1713; Martha, b. Mar. 18, 1714; m. Nathaniel Spring, b. Aug. 26, 
1715; Mary, b. June 14, 1717; m. Joseph Miller; Phebe, b. Oct. 9, 
1723; Hannah, b. Oct. 9, 1723; m. John Rogers; Isaac, b. July 
15, 1725; m. Sarah Stratton and Elizabeth Cheney; Elizabeth, 
m. Josiah Reed. 

58. viii. Elizabeth, b. — - — ; m. Apr. 17, 1707, Ebenezer Farnsworth, 

res. Groton, Mass. He was in King George's war in 1746; was 
son of Matthias and Sarah Farnsworth. Elizabeth, b. June 27 
1708; Matthias, b. Sept. 20, 1709; Ebenezer, b. Dec. 11, 1711; d 
Oct. 11; 1723; William, b. Aug. 4, 1714; Abigail, b. Sept. 2, 1718 
m. May 1, 1740, David Blood; she d. Nov. 7, 1783; Kezia, b 
Apr. 17, 1723; Sarah, b. Aug. 5, 1725; Lydia, b. Dec. 20, 1729 
Farnsworth died before 1753, for at this time she was called 
Elizabeth Harmon in her brother Joshua's will. 

59. ix. Abigail, b. 1673; m. John Hutchins, of Groton. They res. 

Groton. Ch.: John, b. Oct. 13, 1693; Joshua, b. Nov. 5, 1696; 
m. July 12, 1722, Mary Shed; Abigail, b. Sept. 14, 1698; Eliza- 
beth, b. Sept. 6, 1700; Benjamin, b. Aug. 17, 1705. 

60. X. Alice, b. ; m. Nathaniel Woods, of Groton. He was b. in 

Groton, the son of Samuel and Alice Woods, Mar 27, 1667-8. 
She d. bef. July 3, 1721, for he then m. Sarah Brown, of Stow, 
who d. Mar. 3, 1724. He m. 3d Sept. 14, 1725, Mrs. Mary Derby- 

*The following inscription is copied from his tombstone, in the old burying ground in 
■Groton : 

[Death s Head] 

Here Lyes the 

Body of Mr 

Joshua Whitney 







Aged 83 years 
Deed. August 7th 1719 


shire; Nathaniel, b. Oct. 19, 1694; m. Alice ; Daniel, b Aug. 

10, 1696; John.b. Mar. 4, 1698; m. June 3, 1725, Sarah Longley; 
Isaac, b. Feb. 20, 1700; m. Sept. 21, 1725, Abigail Stevens; Bath- 
sheba, b. Apr. 5, 1702; m. Collins Mores; Hannah, b. Mar. 16, 
1704; m. John Farmer; Phebe, b. Feb. 13, 1706; m. Oct. 25, 1733, 
James Tufts, of Medford; Aaron, b. May 27, 1707; m. April 3, 
1739, Sarah Boynton; Moses, b. July 6, 1709; m. Nov. 22, 1733, 
Esther Houghton; Reuben, b. Apr. 11, 1711; m. June 11, 1741, 
Mrs. Submit Whitney, 11 children; res. Groton (see); Phebe, 
b. Mar. 13, 1713; Jonathan, b. June 4, 1716; m. Mary . 

61. xi. Hannah, b. ; m. Thomas Woods, of Groton. 

62. xii. Eleanor, b. ; m. Samuel Shepherd. 

Samuel Shepard was son of Isaac and A. Mary (Smedley) Shepard, m. Elinor 
W^hitney, and Nathaniel Jewell and A. Mary Smedley (2nd marriage) m. her sister, 

Sarah Whitney. Isaac and Mary (^Smedley) Shepard had three ch.: Isaac m. ; 

Samuel m. Elinor Whitney; Mary m. Thos. Harris. 

Children of Samuel and Eleanor* (Whitney) Shepard, of Plainfield, Conn., as 
named in the distribution of his estate Nov. 10, 1726, (indorsed) and recorded at 
Windham (Willimantic), Conn.. Dec. 21, 1730. 

i. Jonathan Shepard (eldest son), b. at Plaintield, Conn., March 3, 

1707-8; m. March 29, 1729, Elizabeth Baker, and resided at 
Canterbury, Conn. His children were (1) Samuel, (2) Jonathan, 
(3) William, (4) Daniel, (5) Timothy and (6) Israel, 
ii. David Shepard (2d son), m. May 8, 17.32, Mehitabel Spaulding, 
and had Capt. (1 1 David Shepard, b. Jan. 10, 1733; from whom 
are descended Shepard, of Otsego, N. Y. David Shepard, by 
his second wife, Lydia Meacham, had (2) Mehitabel, b. Sept. 11, 
1735; m. Capt. Joseph Burges, uf Canterbury, Conn.; (3) Lydia, 
b. Sept. 13, 1737, m. Enoch Pierce, (4) Benjamin, b. July 4, 1740, 
res. Norwich, Conn., (5) Jesse Shepard, of Tolland and Somers, 
Conn., b. July 6, 1744, m. Sept. 24, 1766, was a soldier in the 
Revolution. His son Jesse Shepard, M. D., resided at Schoharie, 
N. Y., and was the ancestor of the Shepard family, of Buffalo, 
Danville, and New Haven, N. Y, (6) Abigail, wife of Jonathan 
Pierce, b. Aug. 1, 1746, Sarah Shepard, b. Jan. 16, 1749, and John 
Shepard, b. May 5, 1751, d. unm. 1767. David Shepard lived on 
Shepard's Hill, in the town of Plainfield, Conn., and d. Nov. 10, 
1752, ae. abt. 40. His wife Lydia survived him nearly half a 
iii. Nathan Shepard (3d son), b. June 15, 1720, m. Susannah 

Wheeler; issue, four daughters. 
iv. Benjamin Shepard (4th son), b. Feb. 21, 1722-3. 
V. Eleanor (Derby), eldest daughter, Mch 6,1701-2. 
vi. Mary (Johnson),' 2d dau., b. Aug. 11, 1703. 
vii. Lucy Shepard (3d dau,), d. s. 17.35. 
The grave of Samuel Shepard at Plainfield, Conn., is marked by a simple slab 
with the inscription S. S., 1724. His wife Eleanor survived him, but the date of her 
decease is not known. He was the son of Isaac Shepard, of Concord (Nashoba), 
Mass., who was killed by the Nashua Indian, Feb. 12, 1676, and grandson of Dea. 
Ralph Shepard, of Dedham, Maiden and Concord (1603-1691), and his wife. Thank 
Lord, from Stepney Parish (London), England. For further particulars see the 
monograph written upon the " Puritan Ralph Shepard " by his descendant and 
namesake, the late Ralph Hamilton Shepard, of New Haven, N. Y., or consult Judge 
H. M. Shepard, of Chicago. 

10. Benjamin Whitney (John),b. Watertown, June 6, 1643; m. probably at York, 

Me.; Jane .. She died Nov. 14, 1690; m. 2d, Apr. 11, 1695, Mary Poor, of 


The Massachusetts Whitneys early in the seventeenth century began to spread 
toward the east, and many of the older towns in Maine show in records of churches 
or private families, in addition to the town clerk's records, the prominent part played 
by them. The published histories of many towns, as Brunswick, Gorham, Gray, 
Harrison, Castine, and many others, contain lists of town officers and oth^ records 
showing the interest the family of that day took in town and church affairs. 

♦Eleanor and Sarah married balf-brothors. 


The early records of York, Me., were destroyed by the Indians in the memorable 
massacre of 1692, and there are now no records of this ancient town, which was 
originally called Agamenticus, from a mountain in the northern part of the town. 
In 1652 the inhabitants signed articles of submission to Massachusetts and at that 
time there were no persons by the name of Whitney residing there. 

The first record I can find of Benjamin in Maine is in 1662-6-8 he witnessed at 
York an agreement of John Doves. He was at Cocheco, Me., near Dover, in 1667-8. 
April 13, 1674. The selectmen of York laid out 10 acres of upland to Benjamin, 
His father desired that he should return to Watertown and settle with him on the 
homestead during his lifetime, promising him his house and barn and all his land 
about home if Benjamin would do so. This property consisted of about 17 acres, 
bounded by land of John Sherman William Bond and Martin Underwood, which 
promise John confirmed by deed April 5, 1670. Benjamin and Jane, March 9, 1671, 
with the consent of their father (John), sold to his brother Joshua for ^40 his right in 
his father's estate (" the Mansion house of John Whitney ") obtained as above stated. 
As will be seen by this Benjamin did not then return to Watertown, but continued to 
reside in York. 

In 1685 Benjamin and Jane Whitney, of York, sell to Jonathan Saywood for ^10 
and 14s. "a certain tract and parcel of land which I have improved, possessed and 
havebuilded a small tenant upon planted and lived upon these several years," which 
was granted by the town of York in 1680, and ten other acres granted by the town of 
York in 1674, as stated above. It is probable that his wife died about this time and 
soon after, leaving his young children with relatives of his wife, he returned to 
Watertown and soon located in Sherborn, near the Natick town line. He married 
his second wife in Marlboro in 1695 and lived on land belonging to Harvard College, 
which he leased of Gov. Danforth. In 1718 he received a legacy of 10s. per annum 
from his nephew. Benjamin, son of his brother Jonathan. He d. in 1728.; res. York 
" ' , and Sherborn, Mass. 

Jane, b. Watertown, Sept. 29, 1669; m. at Sherborn, Jan. 4, 1693, 
Jonathan Morse, b. July 11, 1667. 

Timothy, b. in York, Me. In 1703 he was a member of the com- 
pany in York raised for the defense against the Indians, com- 
manded by Capt. Preble. 

John, b. in York abt. 1678; m. Letty Ford. 

Nathaniel, b. York, Apr. 14, 1680; m. Sarah Ford. 

Jonathan, b. in 1681; m. Susanna Whitney. 

Benjamin, b. ; m. Mrs. Esther Maverick. 

Joshua, b. Sept, 21, 1687; m. Hannah Rockwood. 

Mark, b. abt. 1700; m. Tabitha Mellen. 

Isaac, b. ; m. Elizabeth Bridges. 

11. John Whitney (John, John), b. Watertown Sept. 17, 1643; m. in 1669 Eliza- 
beth Harris, b. Nov. 9, 1644; dau. of Robert. She owned the Covenant at Roxbury, 
Mar. 30, 1671. 

John Whitney wastmade freeman in May, 1684. The name of John Whitney 
appears in the list of members of the Second church in Roxbury when gathered by 
" ye Rev. Nehemiah Walter, Nov. 2, 1712," and doubtless he had previously been a 
member of the first church in Roxbury. His houselot, containing nine acres, was 
situated in that part of Roxbury called Jamaica Plain, and lying on the right as you 
pass up Pond street to the south part of Brookline, which town was called Muddy 
River until the year 1705. 

He was a soldier in King Philip's war in 1676 from Roxbury, and owned Cov- 
enant at Roxbury in Feb., 1684. 

"Next to Gov. Bernard's estate, on the right as you go up Pond street in Rox- 
bury, was the Whitney estate of nine acres. A handsome stone mansion of the 
Elizabethan style, the residence of Mrs. Abel Adams, stands on the elevated plain 
at the rear of the lot. The Whitney house, which stood about a quarter of a mile 
this side of the Brookline line, disappeared about a century ago, and on the removal 
of the family the property was purchased by the Childs family, whose premises it 
joined. In the rear of the spot where the old house stood the ground slopes grad- 
ually downward for several rods to a narrow strip of meadow, through which runs a 
pleasant little brook. Beyond the meadow the ground rises abruptly to an eleva- 
tion many feet higher than the front of the lot, and still rises gradually, forming a 
slope of considerable dimensions, and extending westerly to Brookline. West of 
the brook is a fine grove of forest trees. The name of John, the grandson of John 
Whitney, the first settler, appears in the list of members of the Second Church when 
gathered in 1712." [Hist, of Roxbury] 

and Cocheco, Me, 





















He was a tailor by trade. His will was made in Sept., 1718; proved Mar. 13, 
1726-7; mentions his wife Elizabeth. 

He d. Mch 4, 1726; res. Roxbury, Mass. 

Daniel, b. Dec. 3, 165^1; m. Susanna Curtis. 
Timothy, b. Apr. 16, 1678; m. Margaret Bacon. 
Elizabeth, b. Sept. 9, 1670; bap. 1671; O. C.Apr. 1685; d. bef. 
1726; will names "her heirs." 
75. , iv. Ruth, bap. Aug. 31, 1674; m. Apr. 22, 1701, Joseph Adams, son of 
Roger and Mary Adams. They res. in Brookline, where she d. 
Nov. 19, 1762, ae. 88. 

76. V. Sarah, bap. Aug. 2, 1684; d. July 4, 1689. 

77. vi. John, b. Apr. 1, 1672; d. young, not named in father's will. 

13. Nathaniel Whitney (John, John), b. Watertown, Feb. 1. 1646; m. Mar. 12, 
1673; Sarah Hagar, b. Sept. 3, 1651; d. May 7, 1746, in Weston. 



ABOUT five years ago I rode from Cambridge to Weston in search of any relics 
I could find there of the Whitneys, as I knew that my grandfather, Phineas, 
was born in Weston. 
I found there the farm, which had been owned by them through several genera- 
tions down to about ten years previous to the time of my visit. It is not an especially 
attractive farm, although there are some beautiful prospects to be had from it and 
the surrounding country. I should suppose it to be a good grazing farm. Some old 
apple trees still remain. It is about a mile and a half from the centre village of 
Weston, on the road to Lexington. On the side hill, and a few rods from the road, is 
an old cellar and an old well, which mark the sight of the first Whitney house, built, 
probably, by Nathaniel, grandson of John. Nearer the road is a more modern house, 
built by one of the Whitney owners, and afterwards enlarged to accommodate his 
son. On this farm, and, I think, in the more modern house, was born William 
Whitney, who went to Winchendon in 1769, carrying with him his sons William and 
Phineas, both born in Weston. By the roadside near the house stands a mammoth 
elm, which has sprung from a seedling set out by, I think, the mother of William 
Whitney, about 125 years ago. It still stands, sound and stalwart, and bids fair to do 
so for many years to come. On the opposite side of the road was a large barn, 
heavily built, to accommodate the agricultural tendencies which the Whitneys seem 
to have carried wherever they settled. From this farm went the Whitneys, who did 
not find room at home, to other towns, near and remote. One, Nathaniel, went to 
Westborough. He was father of Eli, the inventor of the cotton gin, and one of the 
Whitney ancestors of the compiler of this book. Willian* went to Winchendon. 
He was the progenitor of the numerous Whitneys of that town. Phineas, brother of 
William, went to Shirley, and from him sprang a numerous family, some of whom 
■went to Boston, where they still reside. At the time of my visit the farm was owned 
by a Captain Lowe, who had purchased it from a Whitney, who was the last of the 
name to own it. I am informed that Captain Lowe has sold it, and that it is now 
owned by a Dr. Bradbury, who is building an elegant country residence over the old 
cellar and well of the first house built there by Nathaniel a generation before the 

He d. Jan. 7, 1732; res. Weston, Mass. 

78. i. Nathaniel, b. Mar. 5, 1675; m. Mercy Robinson. 

79. ii. Sarah, b. Feb. 12, 1678; m. Jan. 5, 1709, Jonathan Ball, b. Mar. 29, 

1680, d. 1727. Ch.: Sarah, b. 1710; Jonathan; Thankful, bap. 

Jan. 7, 1728, ae. 9; Daniel, bap. Jan. 7, 1728, ae. 7; Jane, bap. 

Jan. 7, 1728, ae. 4; Susanna, b. Apr. 6, 1726. The widow m. 2d 

Charles Chadwick, Jr. 
William, b. May 6, 1683; m. Martha Pierce. 
Samuel, bap. July 17, 1687; m. Ann Laboree. 

Hannah, bap. Mar. 1688; m. Billings. 

Elizabeth, b. Dec. 15, 1692. Did she m. Joseph Harrington? 
Grace, b. 1700; d. Mar. 23, 1719. 
Mercy, b. ; m. Greaves. 


























14. Samuel Whitney (John, John), b. Watertown, July 23, 1648; m. Feb. 16, 
1683, Mary Bemis, b. Sept. 10, 1644; d. bef. 1730. 

He was a soldier from Watertown or Groton in the war with King Philip in 1676. 
He was paid 4s. 4d. in Boston in 1675 for services. His will is dated Feb. 12, 1730. 

He d. in 1730; res. Watertown, Mass. 

86. i. Mary, b. Sept. 30, 1689; m. June 7, 1711, John Fiske, Jr., b. May 

15. 1687. She d. Feb. 27, 1726. He d. in Worcester, Mass., 
Nov. 1756, a short time before his second wife's death. Ch.: 
Mary, b. Dec. 28, 1711; m. Nov. 25, 1735, Samuel Hagar; Abi- 
gail, b. Nov. 11, 1714; m. June 5, 1734, Stephen Sawin; John, b. 
tune 10, 1716; Sarah, b. May 14, 1718; Jonathan, b. June 27, 
1729; d. Jan 8, 1781; David, b. June 16, 1734; d. Nov. 23, 1771. 

16. Joseph Whitney (John, John), b. Watertown Jan. 15, 1651; m. Jan. 24, 1674, 
Martha Beach, dau. of Richard and Martha, b. Mar. 10, 16-50. 

He took the oath of fidelity in Dec. 1677. Bought land in Weston in 1699, admr. 
of his estate granted to wid. 'Martha, Nov. 13, 1702, Isaac Beech app. guardian of 
Benjamin, and of Mary and Sarah. 

He d. Nov. 4, 1702; res. Watertown, Mass. 

87. i. Joseph, b. Aug. 15, 1675; m. Apr. 10, 1701, Hepzibah Flagg, dau. 

of Thomas and Rebecca (Dix). Thev res. in Watertown and 
Weston. He made his will Jan. 7, 1736-7. Lodged July 15, 1737; 
proved and allowed Aug. 1, 1737; at this time his widow only 
was surviving, s. p. 

Martha, b. Dec. 20, 1677; d. Oct. 30, 1702. 

John, b. July 29, 1680; m. Sarah Cutting. 

Isaac, b. Mar. 10, 1681; d. Mar. 20, 1681. 

Isaac, b. Feb. 4, 1682; d. Nov. 1, 1702. 

Benjamin, b. Jan. 30, 1684; m. Elizabeth Fiske. 

MARY.b. Apr. 21, 1694; m. July 13, 1715, John Knapp, Jr., of New- 
ton, b. Dec. 11, 1688;d. 1730. Ch.: David, Josiah, Isaac, Bathsheba, 
Martha and Lydia. 

94. viii. Sarah, b. 1694; bap. June 20, 1697. 

20. Benjamin Whitney (John, John) b. Watertown, June, 28, 1660; m. Mar. 30, 

1687, Abigail Hagar, dau. of William and Mary (Bemis); m. 2nd Elizabeth . 

He d. 1736; res. Watertown, Mass. 

95. i. Abigail, b. Mar. 3, 1688; m. Mar. 18, 1717, Richard Sawtel; bap. 

Apr. 21, 1689. Ch.: John, b. and d. 1717; Abigail, b. Apr. 12,1719; 
m. May 12, 1743, Benjamin Hastings. 

96. ii. BenjamIn, bap. July 10, 1698; m. Rebecca . 

97. iii. Ruth, bap. July 10, 1698; m. July 7, 1715, John Bond, bap. Nov. 23, 

1690. He was dismissed from Watertown to the church at Wor- 
cester in 1752, whither he had moved several years before, and 
where his wife, Ruth, d. Apr. 1, 1748. Ch.: Benjamin, b. Apr. 

16, 1716; Ruth, b. Mar. 28, 1718; m. Aug. 8, 1750, Samuel Ken- 
dall; Bethia, b. Mar. 23, 1719; m. Apr. 13, 1747, Enoch Sawtel; 
Abigail, b. Apr. 9, 1722; m. Dec. 17, 1747, Josiah Holden; John, 
b. Mar. 16, 1724; m. Nov. 21, 1751, Silence King; Mary, b. Feb. 
1, 1726; m. Nov. 21,*1751, Daniel Bigelow; Josiah, b. June 22, 
1728; d. Oct. 12, 1743; Sarah, b. Mar. 10,1730; Susanna, b. Oct. 
24, 1732; Elizabeth, b. Apr. 30, 1737; m. Oct. 21, 1761, Andrew 
Patterson, of Sudbury, and res. Petersham. 

98. iv. John, b. June 15, 1694; m. Susan , Bethia Cutter and Mrs. 

Beriah (Bemis) (Child) Pierce. 

99. V. David, b. June 16, 1697; m. Rebecca Fillebrown. 
100.^ vi. Daniel, b. July 17, 1700; m. Dorothy Tainter. 

22. Moses Whitney (Richard, John), b. Concord, Mass., Aug. 1, 16.55; m. Sept. 
30, 1686, Sarah Knight, of Stow. She d. ^Iar. 23, 1755. Moses Whitney served as a 
soldier in King Philip's war in 1676. The following year he " was released," whether 
from duty or as a prisoner I am not able to learn. He had land granted him at Stow, 
Apr. 8, 1681. June 4, 1708, he purchased 30 acres of land, swamp and meadow, of 
Richard Burck, of Sudbury, which had been granted him by the town of Stow. In 
1692 he sold 4j4 acres of meadow and 10 acres of upland in Sudbury, as per deed to 
Benj. Whittemore. He d. ; res. Sudbury and Stow, Mass. 


101. i. Sarah, b. July 2, 1687. 

102. ii. Moses, b. in 1690; m. Elizabeth and Sarah Gary. 

103. iii. Abraham, b. May 29, 1692; m. Mary Stone and Elizabeth . 

104. iv. Jonas, b. Feb. 1, 1699; m. Dorcas Wood and Margaret Stratton. 

105. V. Jason, b. in 1704; m. Arabella . 

106. vi. Lemuel, "youngest son," b. Aug. 1, 1714; m. Sibel . 

107. vii. John, b. ; m. Rebecca Whitney. 

108. viii. Ephraim, b. ; d. May 4, 1723. 

26. Richard Whitney (Richard, John), b. Watertown, Mass., Jan. 13, 1660; 
m. Elizabeth Sawtell, b. Feb. 3, 1668; d. Nov. 24, 1723; dau. of Jonathan of Groton. 

He had land granted him in Stow, Oct. 24, 1682. 

Bond says in his History of Watertown that Elizabeth Sawtell was b. Feb. 3, 
1668; m. Aug. 25, 1691, Joseph Morse; he d. Jan. 24, 1709, and she m. 2d, Feb. 10, 
1713, Benjarnin Nurse, Sr., of Framingham. 

In the library of the New England Historical and Genealogical Society, at 18 
Somerset street, Boston, there is a copy of Henry Austin Whitney's work relative 
to the descendants of John and Elinor Whitney, presented to the society by him, 
containing annotations made in his own hand. Among others, one to the effect that 
Richard Whitney, of Stow, married Elizabeth Sawtell, daughter of Jonathan Sawtell, 
of Groton. He cites as authority a certain conveyance recorded in volume 13, page 
197 of Middlesex Conveyances, Oct. 8, 1698. 

His will, dated Dec. 22, 1723, mentions son Richard executor, son Jonathan 
executor, son Joshua, daughters Hannah Farr, Elizabeth Wetherby, Sarah, Ruhamah 
and Hepzibah. 

He d. Dec. 15, 1723; res. Stow, Mass. 

109. i. Richard, b. ; m. Hannah Whitcomb and Hannah Ayres. 

110. ii. Jonathan, b. Feb. 26, 1699; m. .\lice Willard. 

111. iii. Joshua, b. in 1706; m. Zerviah . 

112. iv. Hannah, b. ; m. Samuel Farr. 

113. V. Elizabeth, b. — ; m. Dec. 29, 1722, John Wetherby. 

114. vi. Sarah, b. in 1703; m. 1723, Capt. Hezekiah Hapgood. They res. 

in Stow, Mass. He was a prominent citizen; tythingman in 
1726, selectman 1741-2 and 53. Was captain in the French and 
Indian wars. Ch.: Ephraim, b. 1725; Jonathan, colonel, m. Ruth 
Wolcott and Mrs. Sarah Whitney, whom he m. Oct. 5, 1785; 
Capt. Hezekiah's will was proved July 19, 1768. 

115. vii. Ruhamah, b. in 1705. 

116. viii. Hepzibah, b. in 1710; m. Oct. 12, 1732, Seth Sawyer, of Lan- 

caster. He was bap. in Lancaster, Oct. 31, 1708; son of Caleb; 
m. first Jan. 11, 1726-7, Dinah Farrar. She d. Oct. 25, 1727. ae. 
23. He then m. Hepzibah, of Harvard; was united by Rev. 
John Prentice. 

28. Ebenezer Whitney (Richard, John), b. Concord, Mass., June 30, 1672, m. 

Anna . She m. after his death at Pomfret, Conn., John Cumins, and d. May 

15, 1758. 

He d. Aug. 5, 1727. Res. Stow, Mass., and Pomfret, Conn. 

117. i. Zachariah, b. ; m. Ruth Taylor. 

118. ii. Ezekiel, b. ; m. Itabell Taylor and Sarah Farrah 

119. iii. Esther, b. ; m. Jan. 18, 1726, William Bigginton, res. Pom- 

fret, Conn. She d. Oct. 19. 1727. 

29. Thomas Whitney (Thomas, John), b. Watertown, Aug. 24, 1656; m. Jan. 29, 
1679, Elizabeth Lawrence, b. Feb. 30, 1659; d. in Bolton Feb. 8, 1741. 

He resided in Watertown, Stow and Lancaster, in that part incorporated later as 
Bolton. He bought UK acres in Cambridge of A. Rowse, Mar. 10, 1679. Witness 
Geo. Laurence, his father-in-law. In Feb. 1681, Geo. and Elizabeth Laurence gave 
to son and dau., Thomas and Elizabeth Whitney, land by deed. Feb. 24, 1682, he 
bought 60 acres at Pompascitticut, now Stow, where his first five children were born, 
as by the county returns in the clerk's office in E. Cambridge. In 1719 he bought for 
;£300 52 acres in Lancaster. Feb. 26, 1721, he deeded one half this purchase, with 
buildings (the homestead) to his son John, of " Stow and now designed to remove to 
Lancaster," partly by gift and partly by sale, and in this document mentions all his 
children, except Thomas, to whom he had made a gift of 21 acres in Stow Nov. 6, 
1711, and Benjamin, who had also probably received a gift from his father. He was 


a soldier in 1676 in King Philip's war, and was in the garrison at Lancaster Oct. 
19, 1675. 

He d. Apr. 12, 1742; res. Watertown, Stow, Lancaster and Bolton, Mass. 

120. i. Thomas, b. Sept. 17, 1681; m. Mary Baker. 

121. ii. Elizabeth, b. Feb. 16, 1682. 

122. iii. John, b. May 13, 16«4; m. Elizabeth Barnard. 

123. iv. Mary, b. Jan. 13, 1685. 

124. V. Benjamin, b. Oct. 7, 1687; m. Sarah Barrett and Abigail Bridge. 

125. vi. Nathan, b. Nov. 18, 1689; m. Mary Holman. 

126. vii. Susanna, b. ; named in her father's will. 

127. viii. Abigail, b. ; m. in Lancaster Feb. 27, 1723, Jonathan Rand, 

of Stow. 

32. Eleazer Whitney (Thomas, John), b. "Watertown Apr. 7, 1662, m. Apr. 11, 
1687, Dorothy Ross, of Sudbury, dau. of James; d. June 22, 1731. A testamentary deed 
is recorded Sept. 30, 1728. He was a wheelwright and res. in Sudbury in 1692. His 
children were baptized in the Second church ih Watertown by Rev. Angier. He d, 
; res. Sudbury and Watertown, Mass. 

128. i. Sarah, b. in S. May 29, 1688. Did she m. Jonathan Ball instead 

of Sarah, dau. of Nath'l? 

129. ii. Eleazer, b. Mar. 5, 1690; d. young. 

130. iii. Ja.mes, b. Feb. 12, 1697; d. Nov. 20, 1697, in Watertown. 

131. iv. Thomas, bap. Jan. 28, 1699; m. Hannah Smith. 

132. V. James, bap. Jan 28, 1699; d. young. 

133. vi. Mary, b. Nov. 20, 1697; m. Oct. 26, 1716, Abraham Chamberlin, of 


134. vii. Dorothy, b. Apr. 24, 1700. 

135. viii. Eleazer, bap. Apr. 15, 1702; m. Mary Grow. 

136. ix. Elnathan, b. May 5, 1705; m. Sarah Perry. 

137. X. James, bap. June 1, 1708; m. Mercv Flagg. 

138. xi. Jonas, b. 1709, bap July 14, 1723; m. Sarah Perry. 

38. Isaiah Whitney (Thomas, John), b. Watertown, Sept. 16, 1671; m. Mrs. 
Sarah (Woodward) Eddv, dau. of George Woodward, and wid. of Jonathan Eddv. 
She was b. Oct. 3, 1675. 'She m. July 6, 1693, John Eddy, b. Feb. 16, 1636; res. Wate'r- 
town, selectman 1671. He d. 1694, and admr. granted to wid. Sarah Oct. 22, 1694. 
She prob. m. Isaiah Whitney in 1695. They owned the Covenant at Lexington in 
1696, when one of their children, probably the first, was baptized. 

The witnesses to his will were Samuel Whittemore, John Mason, Eliza and 
Martha Foxcraft. 

A true Inventory of all & singular yt goods chatteles & credits of Isaiah Whitney 
of Cambridge in New England Husbandman Late Dec'd: Priczed on the tenth day 
of January 17 11 12 by those whose names are underwriten as followeth: 

Imps., His.: 

Item, wearing aparrill .' 02 16 00 

Item, his books 00 05 00 

Item, one bed with beding in yt chamber 05 00 00 

Item, his table lining 00 11 00 

Item, to 2 chests & 2 boxes 00 10 00 

Item, to 2 beds with beding in ye lower rooms 04 00 00 

Item, the pewter 01 00 00 

Item, the brass 00 04 00 

Item, one iron pot & kettle with severall small things 00 14 00 

Item, to lumber 01 00 00 

Item, earthen ware & glasses 00 01 00 

Item, armes & amunition 00 09 00 

Item, to utensols for husbandry 01 19 00 

Item, to boards not yet improved 00 12 00 

Item, to stock of chatties & swine 21 00 00 

Sum 39 19 00 

Item, the house and lands 40 00 00 

Estate in debt: 

Impri : to money due by bond 24 00 06 

Item, to money due by bond 05 06 00 

Item, to money due by bond 09 15 00 



Item, to money due for a pair of oxen . . . 

Item, to f unerall charges 

Item, to money due to ye publick taxes. 


00 00 


00 00 


11 03 

Sum 47 12 07 
Beside Docklers and other small debts yt do not yet thuoreghly known. 

Ffrances Bowman. 
Samuel Whiemore. 
John Majon. 

Exhibited & sworn to by Sarah Whitney admitted adm. to her late husband 
Isaiah Whitney aboved deed intestate as a full inventory of his estate that she 
knows of Camb 25 June 17 11-12. 

He d. Jan, 7, 1712; res. Lexington, and Cambridge, Mass. 












John, b. 

Isaiah, b. June 1, 1700; m. Elizabeth Whitney. 

John, b. in Camb. Dec. 6, 1698. 

Nathaniel, b. . 

Elijah, b. Aug. 2, 1707; m. Rebecca Winship. 

Sarah, bap. July 22, 1703; m. Aug. 2, 1720, Andrew Parker, b. Feb. 
4,1693,d.Apr. 8, 1776; res. Lex. Shed. Dec. 18, 1774. Ch.: Sarah, 
b. Feb. 9, 1721; m. Jabez Kendall; Jonas, b. Feb.6, 1722; m. 

Lucy . He was a member of the company of Lexington 

Minute Men, commanded by Capt. John Parker, that partici- 
pated in the battle of Lexmgton and "fired the shot heard 
round the world." " History, Roman history," says Everett, 
"does not furnish an example of bravery that outshines that of 
Jonas Parker. A truer heart did not bleed at Thermopylae. 
He was next-door neighbor of Rev. Mr. Clark's, and had evi- 
dently imbibed a double portion of his lofty spirit. Parker was 
often heard to say that be the consequences what they might, 
and let others do as they pleased, he would never run from the 
enemy. He was as good as his word — better. Having loaded 
his musket, he placed his hat, containing his ammunition, on 
the ground between his feet in readiness for the second charge. 
At the second fire from the enemy he was wounded and sunk 
upon his knees, and in this condition discharged his gun. While 
loading it again upon his knees, and striving in the agonies of 
death to redeem his pledge, he was transfixed by a bayonet, and 
thus died on the spot where he first stood and fell." [Address by 
Hon. Edward Everett.] 

Amos, b. July 27, 1723; m. Anna ; Elizabeth, bap. 

■ Aug. 22, 1725; d. young; Thomas, bap. Dec. 24, 1727; m. Jane 
Parrott; Abigail, bap. July 27, 1729; Lucy, bap. Apr, 4, 1731; m. 
Joshua Mead; Elizabeth, bap. June 22, 1735; Andrew, bap. Apr. 
16, 1738; m. Abigail Jennison; Kezia, bap. June 1, 1740; m. 
Joseph Wyman; Ebenezer, bap. Feb. 28, 174i; d. 1743; Mary, 
bap. Oct. 21, 1744. 

Jonas, b. Nov. 27, 1711; m. . 

Abraham, bap. Feb. 19, 1710; m. Sarah Whitney. 

Mary, bap. May 4, 1696; m. Oct. 31, 1731, Benjamin, son of Benja- 
min and Elizabeth (Sweetman) Wellington, who was born June 
21, 1676, and d. Nov. 15, 1738. Ch.: Mary, b. Oct. 20, 1732; d. 
Apr. 12, 1806; Oliver, b. 1735. 

Mary Wellington, dau. of Benj. and Mary (Whitney) Welling- 
ton; m. 1st Jan. 10, 1751, to James Lane, of Bedford, son of James 
and Martha (Minot) Lane. He was b. Mar. 4 (or 8), 1725 (or 6), 
and d. suddenly Jan. 4 (or 24), 1799. His widow m. 2d Capt. 
John Moore, of Bedford. Ch.: Oliver Wellington; James, b. 
Mar. 10, 1754; m. June 6, 1805, Molly Pollard; Solomon, b. Aug. 
7, 1756; m. Sarah Stearns; David, b. Mar. 11, 1758; m. 1st Molly 
Lane; m. 2d Phcebe Lane; Isaac, b. May 13, 1766; d. May 24, 
1803, without issue. Oliver Wellington Lane, son of James and 
Mary (Wellington) Lane, b. Oct. 27, 1751. Graduated Harvard 
College 1772; M. A. 1779. Died in Boston Nov. 3, 1793 Mar- 
ried Susannah Newman. He was the most famous schoolmaster 


of his day in Boston. Deacon of the First Universalist church 
of Boston. Ch.: James Bowdoin, b. Aug. 4, 1785; Augustus 
Frederick, b. May 12, 1787; Thomas Parker, b. July 1, 1789; 
Mary Wellington, Susannah Newman, twins, b. Mar. 30, 1791; 
John Murray, b. Apr. 29, 1793; d. June 20, 1794. A des. is Dr. 
Arthur Whitney Clark, of Lawrence, Kas. 

41. Jonathan Whitney (Jonathan, John), b. Oct. 20, 1658; m. Sarah Hapgood' 
b. 1667. He had a lot and built a house near Chestnut Brook in Sherborn about 1691" 
He, however, did not remain long in Sherborn, for his eldest seven children were born 
in Watertown. The eighth was born in Sherborn. He afterward went to Concord, 
where he died. W^ill dated Mar. 14; proved Mar. 18, 1735. He served in King 
Philip's war in 1676. He d. Mar., 1735; res. Sherborn. Watertown. and Concord, 

148. i. Jonathan, b. Sept. 27, 1694; d. young. 

149. ii. Sarah, b. Mar. 2, 1692; m. Nov., 1712, Jonathan Warren, b. Apr. 

26, 1688; d. Apr. 10, 1732. She died Apr. 10, 1752. Res. Water- 
town, Mass. Ch.: Tabitha, b. June 4, 1713; Eunice, b. Aug. 19, 
1714; m. Nov. 16, 1731, Judah Clark, of Lexington; Keziah, b. 
Aug. 2, 1716; m. Nov. 23, 1733, Jacob Smith, of Shrewsbury; 
Sarah, b. Apr. 22, 1718; m. 1740, Joseph Smith, of Shrewsbury 
and Worcester; Grace, b. Nov. 28, 1719; Anna, b. Aug. 26, 1721; 

m. Cox; Mary, b. Aug. 17, 1723; m. Jan. 17, 1753, W'illiam 

Hagar; Thankful, b. Apr. 4, 1725, d. Apr. 29, 1730; Elizabeth, 
b. Nov. 1, 1727; m. Oct. 9, 1750, Josiah Bemis; Sabinet, b. Mar. 
14, 1728; m. Jan. 2, 1762, Ichabod Stanlev, of Weston; Thankful, 
b. May 23, 1730; Abigail, b. July 19, 1732; m. Sept. 11, 1750, Ben- 
jamin Hagar. 

150. iii. Tabitha, b. Aug. 22, 1696; m. Feb. 28, 1715, Jacob Fulham, b. Nov. 

19, 1693, d. May 8, 1725. She m. 2d Apr. 19, 1726, George Park- 
hurst. She ni. 3d Aug. 10, 1736, Samuel Hunt. 

Jacob Fulham was a serg. in Capt. Lovewell's company and 
was killed in "Lovewell's Fight" with the Lidians at Pigwacket 
(Fryesburg), May 8, 1725. "A serg. named Fulham and an In- 
dian distinguished by his dress and activity singled out each 
other and both fell, mutually slain by their antagonist's 
weapon." [Worcester Mag. 1:23] Res. Weston. Ch.: Francis, b. 

Mar. 20, 1716; m. Susanna ; Jacob, b. Dec. 22, 1718; m. 1743, 

Hannah Ware; Tabitha, b. May 12, 1722; m. 1742, Ebenezer 
Allen; Elisha, b. June 26, 1725 (posthumous); m. Jan. 21, 
1744, Sarah Hagar; Tabitha's 2d husband b. June 3, 1685; d. 
Mar. 17,1734. Ch.: Daniel, b. Feb. 11, 1726; m. Nov. 4, 1746, 
Martha Gamage, res. Watertown and Cambridge; Jonathan, b. 
Nov. 16; 1728, m. 1750, Anna Allen, of Petersham; William, b. 
Apr. 11, 1731, res. Holliston; George, b. Apr. 25, 1733, of German 
Flats; Tabitha, b. Tabitha's 3d husband was Samuel Hunt. 
They sold to Thomas Rand, of Weston, the right of the widow's 
third of George Parkhurst estate Nov. 14, 1753. Hunt, b. Jan. 

11, 1709. Ch.": Mary. b. June 29, 1745, m. Barnard. The 

wife Tabitha d. bef. 1764, for Jan. 16 he m. Lydia Willard. 

151. iv. Shadrach, b. Oct. 12, 1698; m. Mrs. Prudence Lawrence. 

152. V. Jonathan, b. Nov. 25, 1700; res. in Lunenburg in 1744; supposed 

to have d. 1755. 

153. vi. Amos, b. May 1, 1705. He was named in Shadrach's will. His 

estate was settled about 1772; will dated Aug. 28, 1769, proved 
Feb. 22, 1771, mentions brother Daniel, Ebenezer Cutler and wife, 
brother and sister and kinsman Levi of Townsend. He prob- 
ably d. unm. in Townsend. 

154. vii. Zaccheus, b. Nov. 16, 1707; m. Marv Wheeler. 

155. viii. Anne, b. May 22, 1702; m. Mar. 3, 1723, in Concord, Mass., Capt. 

Ebenezer Cutler, b. July 24, 1700. He held the rank of captain, 
was justice of the peace many years. Res. Weston, which was 
set off to Lincoln, Apr. 19, 1754. He d. in Lincoln, Jan. 17, 1777. 
She d. in Lincoln, Mass., Aug. 24, 1793. Ch.: Elisha, b. Apr. 30, 
1725; m. Anna and Mrs. Mary Cutler; Jonas, b. Oct. 16, 


1727; m. Jemima Davis; Anne, b. Mar. 6, 1729; m. Isaac Jones. 
Mary, b. Dec. 23, 1732; Sarah, b. Sept. 15, 1735; m. Samuel Hill, 
res. Mason, N. H., son Ebenezer, gr. H. C; Mellicent, b. Mar. 
31, 1738; m. 1762, Capt. Samuel Baldwin, Jr., res. Riverdale. in 
Northbridge, Mass.; Eliakin, b. July 10, 1745; d. Mar. 21, 1812. 

156. ix. Isaac, b. . He was of Concord, a glazier. His bro. Shad- 

rach admr. on his estate Feb. 4, 1754, prob. d. unm. At the death 
of his father in 1735 he was given lands in Sherborn. He was 
a soldier in the early Indian wars, and with his brother Zaccheus 
was left bv Capt. John Lovewell in the fort in Ossipee in 1725. 

157. X. Timothy, b. Feb. 20, 1709; m. Submit Parker. 

158. xi. Daniel, b. 1710; m. Thankful Allen. 

43. John Whitney (Jonathan, John), b. June 27, 1662, in Watertown; m. there 
Apr. 10, 1688, Marv Hapgood, dau. of Sheadrath, of Sherborn; m. 2d, 1694, Sarah 
Haven, dau. of Richard, b. Lynn, June 4, 1665, d. Apr. 23, 1718; m. .3d, Nov. 10, 1718, 
Mrs. Martha (How) Walker, b. 1669, d. Nov. 14, 1721. He was selectman in 1714, and 
for three years constable, 1719; tythingman 1719 and 1724; was admitted to the church 
July 26, 1719; was a fuller by trade. His inventory bears date May 22, 1735, and his 
estate was valued at £61^-14-1. He d. in 1735; res. Framingham, Sherborn, and 
Wrentham, Mass. 

159. i. MARy, b. Mar. 27, 1689; m. Feb. 1, 1709, Daniel Moore, b. Apr. 18, 

1686; res. Sudbury. Among other ch. was Israel, b. Sept. 18, 1724; 
m. Susannah Woodward. 

160. ii. James, b. Dec. 28, 1692; m. Martha Rice and Mrs. Elizabeth (Hol- 

brook) Twitchell. 

161. iii. Elizabeth, b. Jan. 21, 1690; m. Jonathan Willard, b. at Roxbury, 

June 27, 1693. They resided at various places; they were in Sud- 
burv 1710 11, Cambridge 1714-18, Roxburv 1718-21, Charlestown 
1722-24, Worcester 1728-30. She d. in Worcester, July 4, 1720. 
Ch.: Mary, b. 1715; m. Apr. 28, 1743, Joseph Rutter; Abigail, 
b. Sept. 18, 1716; m. James Mann, of Naiick; Daniel, b. 1718; 
m. Rachel Wheelock and Mrs. Elizabeth (Manningi Bailey; 
Jonathan, b. 1720; m. Sarah Childs and Mrs. Stark; John, b. 1720; 
m. Elizabeth Elder; Josiah, b. Oct. 16, 1722; Benjamin, b. 1725; 
m. Marv Rice. 

162. iv. LVDIA, b.'Apr. 18, 1695; m. Feb. 4, 1713, Richard Haven, b. Jan. 8, 

1692, m Framingham; he d. at Athol, Aug. 3, 1770. They were 
admitted to the church there May 12, 1717. Ch.: Lydia,b. Feb. 10, 
1714; m. Seth Bullard; Hannah, b. June 10, 1716; m. Isaac Fisk; 
Marv, b. June 5, 1718; m. John Hill ; Sarah, b. June 5, 1718, d. July 
10, 1718; Sarah, b. Sept. 11, 1719; m. Isaac Hill; Richard, b. Dec. 
12, 1722; Elizabeth, b. May 24, 1724; m. Ebenezer Bullard; 
Dea. John, b. May 7, 1726; m. Mar. 27, 1746, Susannah Drury; 
he was dea. of Athol church; she was b. Feb. 2, 1722; Rebecca, 
b. Mar. 25, 1728, d. Jan. 10, 1729; Daniel, b. Feb. 1, 1730; Jona- 
than, b. Mav 3, 1732, res. Athol; Simon, b. Mar. 5, 1734; Elias, 
b. Feb. 19, 1735, d. July 2, 1735; Simon, res. Athol. 

163. v. Hannah, b. Sept. 27, 1697; m. Jan. 23, 1722, Ezekiel Rice, b. Oct. 

14, 1700. She d. bef. 1753. Res. Natick and Sherborn. Ch.: 
Ezekiel, b. Oct. 29, 1723; m. Hannah Edmands; John, b. Apr. 9, 
1725; from Apr. 26 to Nov. 6, 1757, in Smith's company — marked 
"Deceased;" James, b. July 13, 1726; m. Marv Stearns; Han- 
nah, b. Oct. 15, 1727; m. Thos. Kendall; Daniel, b. Aug. 10, 
1729: d. unm.; Richard, b. Oct. 20, 1730; m. Jan. 16, 17.55, Sarah 
Drury. She was b. Dec. 8, 1734. He d. Natick, Jan. 24, 1793, and 
she went to Union, Me.; Martha, b. Aug. 8, 1732; Uriah, b. 
■ ; m. Rachel ; Moses, b. ; m. Mary Spar- 

44. Josiah Whitney (Jonathan, John), b. May 19,1664; m. Abigail ; m. 

2d, Mary . With his wife Mary he settled in Wrentham in 1701. Inventory of 

his estate was made Jan. 15, 1717. He d. in 1717; res. Groton and Wrentham, Mass. 

164. i. Marv, b. Mar. 5, 1696. 

165. ii. Josiah, b. 1698; m. Elizabeth Grant, Mehitable Fuller, and Lydia 



16G. iii. Jonathan, b. 1704; m. 













51. Dea. J 

Mary — 

167. iv. Abigail, b. 1709; m. Sept. 20, 1729, Preserved Hall of Wren- 
tham. At the time of her father's death in 1717, Benjamin Whit- 
ney was appointed her guardian. 

48. Joseph Whitney (Jonathan, John), b. prob. Watertown or Sherborn, Mar. 
10, 1672; m. May 26, 1706, Rebecca Burge, of Charlestown. At the time of marriage 
both were of Chelmsford. In 1740 he resided in Chelmsford; for that year he deeded 
property in Pepperell to his son Joseph, which for over 100 years remained in the 
family. He was born in W'atertown and married his wife in Charlestown. The 
records say both were of Chelmsford at the time of the marriage. Res. Chelmsford, 
Mass., and Sherborn, Mass. 

Jonas, b. June 7, 1708. 

Joseph, b. in 1710; m. Abigail Nutting. 

Sylvanus, b. in 1712. 

James, b. in 1714; m. Ellenor . 

Ephraim, b. in 1716. 
Abigail, b. Mar. 5, 1707. 
Joshua Whitney (Joshua, John), b. Groton, Mass., June 14, 1666; 
m. Mary ; b. in Mass., 1666; d. June 25, 1751; m. 2d, Dec. 11, 1751, Sarah Fel- 
lows, b. 1668; d. Mar. 28, 1759. 

Joshua was born in the town of Groton, Mass., resided there with his parents 
until their removal to Plainfield, where he was among the first settlers. He was one 
of the signers of the covenant of the first church there Jan. 5, 1751. He ever after 
lived there and died of old age. 

Joshua Whitney, will made and dated at Plainfield, Conn., Oct. 15, 1751. 

Joshua Whitney, will recorded at Plainfield, Conn., Jan. 8, 1754. 

Maker of will, Shubah Conant, justice of peace; residence at Plainfield. 

Sarah Whitney, widow of Joshua Whitney, letter of administration. May 23,1759. 

His will mentions William Whitney, Cornelius Whitney, .and David Whitney, 
broth'ers; and Abigail Hutchings, Mary Peirce, Elizabeth Harmon, Martha \\'illiams, 
Elinor Shephard, and Sarah Tylor, sisters. Mary Lawrence and John Crery, names 
mentioned in the will of J. Whitney; also the names of two negroes are mentioned, 
Sandy and Ceaser, he leaving property to both. 

Dea. Joshua Whitney was born in Groton, Mass., and served as a soldier in 
King Philip's war in 1692 from Groton. He soon after moved to Quinebaug, Conn., 
for, Nov. 18, 1699, with thirty-eight others, he signed a petition to the Massachusetts 
General Court in relation to the land boundaries. In 1702 he was elected collector. 
He resided on the east side of Quinebaug river, which later became Plainfield. In 
1704 he was appointed a committee to apportion the enclosing fence to the several 
proprietors. In 1705 he was chosen to finish the laying out of the divisions of 
meadows. In 1706 he had twelve acres of land bound over to him in security for 
four pounds in money loaned the town. After the township was incorporated, he 
was elected representative to the General Court. In 1710 he gave part of the land 
for a highway, from Quinebaug river to the east bound of the town. In 1719 he was 
elected deacon of the church, and that year, when the new meeting house was 
erected, he gave a sum much larger than many others and only equaled by one 
other. According to Miss Larneds valuable History of Windham County, he was 
one of the most prominent citizens of Plainfield. Deacon Whitney, in his will, made 
by Shubah Conant, justice of the peace, made provision for his negro servants, and 
it shows the conscientious scrupleness with which some good men of that day fulfilled 
the responsibility of ownership. Not only did he make Sandy, Ceaser, Judith and 
their children absolutely free, but bequeathed to each household six acres of land 
and farming tools. He gave to one his " oldest little Bible," and to the others 
several good books; enjoined Sandy to take care of Bess, his wife, and give her 
decent burial, and directed Ceaser and Judith "to see that their children were in no 
way left to perish." 

He d, s. p., Dec. 1, 1753; res. Groton, Mass., and Plainfield, Conn. 

54. William Whitney (Joshua, John), b. Groton, Feb. 28, 1678; m. in Chelms- 
ford, Mar., 1700, Lydia Perham, b. Feb. 19, 1673; d. in G. Aug. 24, 1716; m. 2d, 
in Newton, Apr. 25, 1717, Margaret Mirick, b. 1683; d. . 

William 'VVhitney, of Groton, and Lydia Perham, of Chelmsford, entered into a 
covenant of marriage before Mr. Thomas Clark, Mar., 1700 [the rest of the date is 
torn off, but suppose it to be 1699-1700. Hon. S. A. Green]. The family record has 
it 1700. Lydia (Perham) Whitney was admitted to the Groton church Aug. 5, 1716. 


He was born in Groton, where he resided until his marriage. His wife was from 
Chelmsford, in which place they were married. She died and was buried in Groton. 
His second wife was probably from Newton, for he was married there. Apr. 4, 1710, 
he purchased land in Killingly, Conn., of James Corbin of Woodstock. He 
removed to Plainfield, Conn., about 1720, where he afterward resided. His will is 
dated Oct. 15, 1751. In 1754 he gave the heirs of his sister Abigail Hutchings property 
by deed. 

He d. about 1754; res. Groton, Mass., and Plainfield, Conn. 

174. i. William, b. May 5, 1701; m. Mary Whitmore. 

175. ii. LVDIA, b. Dec. 26, 1710; m. Apr. 8, 1741, Samuel Taylor. 

176. iii. Joshua, b. Nov. 1, 1714. The family record says Josiah, but But- 

ler in Hist, of Groton gives the third child as Joshua; m. Amy 

177. iv. John, b. Jan. 30, 1717-18; m. Elizabeth . 

178. V. Elizabeth, b. Aug. 12, bap. Aug. 16, 1719. Butler in his Hist, of 

Groton says Elizabeth, family record says Esther. Church 
record says Elizabeth, which latter is correct. 

179. vi. Caleb, b. Sept. 10, 1721; m. Margaret . 

55. Cornelius Whitney (Joshua, John), b. in Groton; m. Sarah Shepherd. 

In 1707 the selectmen of Groton petitioned the governor in relation to the num- 
ber of people " either actually removed or are meditating of it." In the list " of per- 
sons gone" are the names Cornelius and Josiah Whitney. 

Cornelius Whitney and his wife, Sarah, were admitted to full communion in the 
Groton church Aug. 21, 1715. If they moved away and had "gone" from Groton in 
1707, they must have returned and resided for a short time before going elsewhere. 
Groton, Mar. 23, 1721. Then we, the subscribers, laid out to a fifteen-acre 
sight, originally Ralph Read's, now claimed by Cornelius Whitney, fifty-five acres 
of land, laying on the southeast side of pine meadow, the northwest corner being a 
great pine by his own meadow, bounded easterly to John Stone's meadow, the north- 
east corner an oak, the two southerly corners, pines; all marked for corners. What 
is above fifteen acres in quantity being added to it to make it equal in quality to 
fifteen acres of the best land, in our judgment, allowance being made for a high- 
way through the same when needed. Said land being fully to satisfy said right in 
the new division of the common on the east sfde of the river. 

Zachariah Sawtell, Phinehas Parker, and Nathaniel Woods, committee of the 
proprietors of Groton. 

He was born in Groton, where he resided until 1707, when, on account of Indian 
hostilities, with his father he moved elsewhere. He evidently returned, for he was 
a soldier in the Queen Anne war from that town soon after. Later he moved to 
Killingly, Conn., and where it is said he died. 

He served in the Oueen Anne war of 1707. This same year, on account of the 
unprotected condition of the Groton frontier, with others he petitioned for leave to 
move elsewhere. He d. in Connecticut; res. Groton, Mass., and Killingly, Conn. 
Sarah, b. Apr. 17, 1715; d. bef. 1731. 
Abigail, b. Dec. 9, 1717. 

Matthias, b. May 26, 1720; m. Alice . 

Mary, b. Aug. 20, 1722. 

losHUA, b. Dec. 1, 1724; m. . 

Lydia, b. Apr. 23, 1729. 
Sarah, b. Jan. 8, 1731. 

56. Col. David Whitney (Joshua, John), b. Groton, Mass., in 1682; m. at Plain- 
field, Conn., Jan. 20, 1712, Elizabeth Warren, dau. of Jacob of Plainfield, and moved to 
Canaan, Conn.; m. 2d, July 28, 1767, Mrs. Prudence (Merrills) Sedgwick, b. Dec. 22, 
1700; d. Feb. 1, 1793. She fell mto the fire. Dau. of Dea. Abraham Merrills of 
Hartford, Conn. 

He was born in Groton, Mass., moved to Plainfield and married there. In 1740 
he moved to Canaan, Conn., where he afterward resided and where he was inn- 
keeper, his tavern being the best known in that section of the state. He was a very 
active and influential man; was colonel of the militia and held other offices in 
the town. His will is dated Oct. 27, 1769, and proved Dec. 13, 1769. He married 
twice, his second wife being Prudence, who was given one-third of the estate. 
He d. in 1769; res. Groton, Mass., Plainfield and Canaan, Conn. 

187. i. Esther, b. May 1, 1714; m. Kingsbury and d. before 1769, 

leaving heirs mentioned in her father's will. 






















David, b. Sept. 16, 1716; m. Marv Gun. 

Joshua, b. Oct. 11, 1718; m. Ann Blodgett. 

Elizabeth, b. Feb. 26, 1720; m. Stanton. She died before 

her father, for in his will he refers to her heirs, one of whom was 

Jacob, b. July 13, 1723; d. Sept. 10, 1738. 

Tarball, b. Nov. 1, 1725. He was executor of his father's will in 
1769 and d. in Canaan in 1794. 

Marv, b. Mar. 13, 1727; d. June 28, 1729. 

JosiAH, b. Aug. 11, 1731; m. Lois Breck and Mrs. Samuel Chan- 
195. ix, SoLO.MON, b. in 1733; m. Sarah . 

65. John Whitney (Benjamin, John), b. York, Me., about 1678; m. there Letty or 
Lettis Ford, the dau. of John Ford; b. in York, Me. 

He was born in York, Me., and in 1703, at the age cf 23, with his two brothers, 
Nathaniel and Timothy, was a member of the military company, commanded by 
Capt. Abraham Preble, of York. " This company comprised the flower of York, or 
the young men of that date." 

John Whitney witnessed will of John Moore, at York, in 1713. I have been 
unable to find any record of his property, though it is stated in his brother Nathaniel's 
deed that he, Nathaniel, owned property adjoining that of John. 

He settled in New Meadows, Me., in 1739; he d. ; res. York and Lisbon 

Falls Me. 

' 196. i. Marv, b. Mar. 12, 1704; m. Oct. 16, 1723, Thomas Edward; res. 

Kittery, Me. 

Sa.muel, b. May 5, 1707; m. Lydia . 

Elizabeth, b. May 7, 1709. 
Hannah, b. 17, 1710. 

Mercy, b . 

Mehitable, b . 

John, b. May 4, 1719. 

Benjamin, b. May 22, 1725; m. Mercy Hinckley. 

66. Nathaniel Whitney (Benjamin, John), b. in York, Me., Apr. 14, 1680; m. 
there Sarah Ford, the dau. of John, of Kittery, b. in York. 

He was born in York, Me., where he probably resided until after his marriage, when 
he removed to Gorham. In 1703 he was a member of the military company of York, 
commanded by Capt. Preble, for defense against the Indians. D. Williams Patter- 
son, who compiled the Connecticut Whitney family, says he was a son of Benjamin 
and Jane Whitney. In 1708 Nathaniel Whitney, weaver, of Kittery, bought of John- 
son Harmon and Mary, his wife, a certain piece of salt marsh and thatch ground in 
York, commonly known as the Sunken Marsh. 

Nov., 1715, Nathaniel Whitney, of York, weaver, and wife, Sarah, sell for four 
score pounds to Joseph Harris Yz the tract of land known as the Sunken Marsh, hav- 
ing sold the other Yz to John Stagpole, and all housings, timber, etc. 

In 1717 Nathaniel Whitney purchased 20 acres of land of John- Racklift and 
a small orchard on the southeast side of York river, and northwest side of Rogers' 
Cave, in York, for /20. This land joined that of John Whitney. 
He d. in Gorham, Me.; res. York, Me. 

204. vii. Lydia, b. ; d. July 14, 1720. 

Lydia, b. July 22, 1726; d. Mar. 23, 1727. 

Naham, b. Jan. 10, 1706; m. Lvdia Young. 

Nathaniel, b. Dec. 12, 1709; 'm. Molly Day. 

Abel, b. July 23, 1712; m. Mary Crane'. 

Sarah, b. Nov. 8, 1714; m. July 13, 1736, Jeremiah Simpson, of 

York, Me. 
Isaac, b. Mar. 9, 1720; m. Sarah Crosby. 
Amos, b. Mar. 5, 1723; m. Sarah Payne. 
Joanna, b. Mar. 13, 1729. 

67. Jonathan Whitney (Benjamin, John), b. 1680; m. 1700, Susanna Whitney, 
b. 1681. 

In 1721 Jonathan Whitney's name is found among the list of those taxed for the 
minister's rate in Sherborn. He paid one of the largest taxes. In 1723 his name was 
first on a petition to be set off as a separate town. This was afterward called Hol- 
iiston. In 1727 he was chosen committee in Holliston in relation to land for minis- 
































ter. In 1730 he deeded his interest in the land to the first minister, Rev. James 
Stone. He was selectman m Holliston 1724-25-26-27-28-32-36-57. 

He made his will Feb. 2, 1753, provided judiciously for his family, and appointed 
his wife Susanna, with his eldest son Jonathan, co-executors. It was proved in Mid- 
dlesex Co. Feb. 11, 1754. He owned some meadow lands in what is now Milford. 
He d. Jan., 1753; res. Sherborn, Holliston, and Milford, Mass. 

"213. i. Susanna, b. Jan. 20, 1702; m. Gershom Fames, of Holliston. 

Ch.: Martha and Patience. 

214. ii. Jonathan, b. Oct. 17, 1704; m. Lydia Jones. 

215. iii. Keziah, b. July 11, 1706; m. 1730, Elder Abraham Jones, 

July 2, 1708; 'd. Feb. 25, 1792. She d. June 29, 1791; res. 
Milford. Ch.: Susanna, b. Feb. 8, 1732; d. Nov. 1, 1736; Jona- 
than, b. Nov. 13, 1733; d. Nov. 6. 1736; Keziah, b. Nov. 23, 1737; 
d. 1744; Sarah, b. Dec. 16, 1739; d. 1744; Hannah, b. Nov. 8, 
1741; d. 1744; John. b. Mar. 23, 1744; m. Abigail Cheney; Abra- 
ham, b. May 3, 1746; m. Olive Bates; Solomon, b. Apr. 3, 1748; 
d. young. The father was deacon of the Cong. ch. in 1743; 
elder 1754. He was a solid and influential man. 

216. iv. Dorothy, b. Aug. 28, 1708; m. May 9, 1734, Ebenezer Hunt, 

b. 1707; res. Hollioton. Ch.: Ebenezer, b. Apr. 15, 1735; m. 
Deliverance Newton; res. Paxton; Thomas, b. Aug. 23, 1737; 
d. Mar. 5, 1744. 

217. v. Mary, b. May 28, 1710; m. Joseph Jones, b. Dec. 27, 1709; 

d. Apr. 3, 1796. She d. July 9, 1788. He was a large land- 
holder; res. Mil. Ch.: Susanna, b. Nov. 10, 1733; Hannah, b. 
July 3, 1736; d. young; Joseph, b. Sept. 29, 1737; m. Ruth Nelson; 
Mary, b. Oct. 16, 1740; m. James Sumner, Esq.; Lvdia, b. Apr. 
2, 1744; Jonathan, b. Aug. 11,1746; m. Mary Ball; David, b.July 
10,1749; d. young; Timothy, b. Apr, 25, 1751; m. Ann Scammell. 

218. vi. LvDiA, b. Mar. 3, 1712; m. Isaac Hill. 

219. vii. Elias, b. Nov. 14, 1716; m. Elizabeth Mellen and Elizabeth 


220. viii. Mehitable, b. Dec. 27, 1719; m. David Cutler; res. Mil. She d. 

bef. 1768. Ch.: Jonathan, b. June 23, 1747; Abigail, b. Oct. 11, 

1749; Susanna, b. July 11, 1752; Nathan, b. Feb. 22, 1755; m. 

Ruth Nelson; David, b. Aug. 22, 1757; m. Esther Evans; 

Mehitable, b. May 8, 1762; m. Nathaniel Flagg. 
George, b. Aug. 12, 1721; m. Sarah Cozzens. 
Jesse, b. Feb. 8, 1713; prob. d. bef. 1754; not named in will. 
Hannah, b. Feb. 11, 1714; same as Jesse. 

68. Benjamin Whitney (Benjamin, John), b. ; m. in Boston, Aug. 7, 1705, 

Mrs. Esther Maverick, wid. of James; for an account of him see Sumner's History of 
East Boston, 1):<58. Benjamin and Esther Whitney sell land to Bro. Jonathan, 1718, 
and in 1729 convey estate in Boston formerly James M. to James, Jr., and Martha, wife 
of Thomas Bellows, of Southboro. Benj. was an inholder in Framingham and drew 
land in Douglass in 1715. 

On Suffold Deeds, vol. 83, p. 15, Hester, wife of Benj. Whitney, certifies to birth 
of her two children by former husband, James Maverick, at Winnissimet.' Martha, 
b. April 17, 1693; James, b. Oct. 2, 1699. Corroborated by Phebe Brentnal, aged 45, 
and Sarah Eustace, aged 52, June 18, 1718. 

He d. ; res. Framingham and Sherborn, Mass. 

224. i. Benjamin, b. May 22, 1709; m. Margaret Sanderson. 

69. Joshua Whitney (Benjamin, John), b. Sept. 21, 1687; m. Hannah Rock- 
wood, of Medfield, b. 1696; d. bef. 1738; m. Phebe . After his death she m. 

Caleb Partridge, of Medway. He d. bef. 1754; res. Oxford, Mendon, and Uxbridge, 

He was a cordwainer by trade. Was one of the thirty original proprietors of 
Oxford, Mass., which land he purchased of the Nipumck Indians in 1713 and resided 
on lot No. 27, in that town, on the Sutton road. In 1715 he disposed of his property 
and moved to Mendon, Mass., per Suffolk Deeds 27, p. 174, and History of Oxford. 
His first three children were born in M. He resided in that part of Mendon which 
was subsequently in 1727 incorporated as Uxbridge.'Mass. The inventory of his 
estate, per Worcester probate records, was made Dec. 1, 1750. Josiah Taft was admr. 








225. i. EzEKiEL, b. Mendon, Aug. 29, 1716; m. . 

226. \'A. Isaac, b. 

227. ii. Nathaniel, b. 

228. iii. Mary, b. Uxbridge Oct. 27, 1732; prob. d. bef. 1765. 

229. iv. Joshua, b. Feb. 27, 1738-39. In 1754 Caleb Partridge was his guar- 


230. V. Joseph, b. Mar. 21, 1739^0; prob. d. bef. 1765. 

231. vi. Benjamin, b. Mar. 14, 1743; m. — . 

232. vii. Phebe, b. July 25, 1745; m. Kirby; res. Uxbridge, Mass. 

233. viii. Hannah, b. Feb. 4, 1746. 

234. ix. Bethvah, b. Sept. 29, 1720; d. young. 

235. X. Bethyah, b. Feb. 24, 1726; d. young. 

70. Mark Whitney (Benjamin, John), b. Framingham, Mass., abt. 1700; m. in 
Framingham Jan. 4, 1726, Tabitha Mellen, dau. of Thomas and Elizabeth, b. Jan. 4, 

Mark Whitney was born in Framingham, Mass. He was a soldier of Capt. Sam- 
uel Wright's Rutland Company, in service from Nov. 10, 1723, to June 10,1724. He 
resided in Hopkinton, which town was purchased of the praying Indians in 1700, 
and incorporated in 1715, the name being given in honor of Edward Hojikins of 
Harvard College. It, however, did not assume the privileges of a town until 1724. 
This year a church was organized in the town and Mark Whitney was, Apr, 27, 1735, 
admitted a member, He married his wife in Framingham. He continued to reside 
in Hopkinton until his removal to Framingham; he was dismissed to the Framing- 
ham church Apr. 5, 1752, and there he was admitted to the church by letter from Hop- 
kinton Feb. 10, 1754. While residing there he kept a tavern on the old Whitney 
homestead near the Havens. He soon moved to Natick where he afterward resided 
until his death. Natick lies between Sherborn and Framingham, and it was here 
that Rev. John Elliot established his first Indian church in America. Until 1746 
Natick was an Indian plantation; that year it was incorporated as a district, and in 
1781 it was incorporated as a town. In 1759 Mark Whitney was surveyor of high- 
ways and member of the parish committee in 1760, assisted in preambulating the 
town line between Natick and Sherborn, which committee rendered its report Mar. 
24, 1760. He was a prominent and leading citizen in the various towns in which he 
resided, as the title " Mr." is prefixed to his name in the town records. His will is 
dated at Natick, June 17, 1760, and was witnessed by Micah Whitney. His widow, 
Tabitha, taught school at HopKinton. 

A deed is on file in the Middlesex Probate records of a house lot signed by 
Benjamin, Sr., Benjamin, Jr., Mark and Isaac. Mark lived on this homestead. 

A petition is also recorded, signed Benjamin, Sr., Isaac, Benjamin, Jr., and Mark. 

Mark was'a soldier from Framingham before his marriage to a Framingham girl ; 
his Hopkinton neighbor and brother (land adjoined as shown by deeds), Isaac 
Whitnev, married Elizabeth Bridges of Framingham. His land came to him from 
his father, Benjamin Whitney, who was of Framingham. Thomas Mellen, who was 
Mark Whitney's father-in-law, and Benjamin Whitney were of those who, in 1732, 
went to the Hopkinton church on account of dissatisfaction at Framingham, 

He d. June 23, 1760, at N.; res. Framingham, Hopkinton, and Natick, Mass. 

236. i. Love, bap. Hop. Nov. 26, 1726; m. Jan. 2, 1754, Jonathan Battle of 

Dedham. He was b. May 30, 1724. They had a son, Timothy, 
b. Sept. 21, 1756. She (Love Whitney) m. 2d, 1767, Barrachias 
Alason (see Tilden's History of Medfield), b. 1723, d. 1795. 
They res. Medfield. He gr. at Harvard College in 1742; was a 
noted surveyor of lands and surveyed the town of Natick in 
1778; taught school in Reading, 1747, also taught singing school; 
was selectman for five years and mholder. Ch.: Johnson, 
b. 1767, was captain of militia and rose to the rank of lieuten- 
ant-colonel, and town clerk 19 years, also representative; 
Arnold, b. 1770, d 1837. A son of Johnson was Dr. Lowell 
Mason, the celebrated musical composer, b. in Medfield in 1792, 
and also grandfather of Wm. Mason, also celebrated as an 
American musician and founder of the Mason & Hamlin Organ 
Mfg. Co. of Boston. 

237. ii. Jason, b. Aug. 31, 1729; m. Elizabeth Beal and Lois Pratt. 

238. iii. Mary, b. Oct. 4, 1731; m. 1759, Lieut. Joseph Cody of Hopkinton; 

res. Milford, Mass. He was son of Isaac and Hannah Cody and 










was b. in Hopkinton, Mass., May 2, 1736. He settled in "Bun- 
gay," Milford, Mass., on what is now known as the Partridge 
place. He was in the French and Indian wars, and the first 
constable at Milford; was called "Lieut. Joseph;" was a carpen- 
ter by trade, and tradition says that he seldom used any meas- 
uring implement, but laid out his framing work by so accurate 
an eye that all his joints and mortises fitted exactly when his 
frames were raised. Ch.: Mary, b. Jan. 23, 1760; m. June 6, 1782, 
Thomas Hiscock; Martha, b. Sept. 7, 1761; Sarah, b. July 7, 1763; 
m. Nov. 16, 1780, Richard Hiscock; Anna, b. May 12, 1765; m. 
Nov. 13, 1783, James Hiscock; Hannah, b. Apr. 13, 1767; d. in 
early infancy; Joseph, b. Mar. 23, 1769; Hannah, b. Apr. 1, 1771. 

Mark, b. Apr. 11, 1732; d. unm. at Natick in 1750. 

Tabitha, b. Apr. 11, 1735; d. July 11, 1735, in Hopk. 

Thomas, b. Jan. 24, 1736; m. Mehitable Bacon. 

Tabitha, b. Mar. 11, 1738; m. Aug. 31, 1767, John Lessure of 
Upton, Mass. 

243. viii. Sarah, b. June 12, 1739; m. June 11, 1761, Nathan Watkins of 

Hopkinton; descendants res. in Hollinston. 

244. ix. Esther, b. Oct. 3, 1742; m. Aug. 30, 1764, James Watkins of Hop- 

kinton; des. res. in Milford. 

71. Isaac Whitney (Benjamin, John), b. prob. in Framingham, Mass.; m. there 
Sept. 27, 1722, Elizabeth Bridges. She d. before 1749, prob., as she is not mentioned 
in her husband's will. It mentions dau. Judith, son Gideon, who he gives house and 
land in Hopkinton and lands in N. H., and brother-in-law Gideon Bridges. Benjamin 
Whitney, Jr., his brother, witnessed his will and was bondsman for executor. Will 
dated May 24, proved Oct. 23, 1749. He owned land in Hopkinton, adjoining that 
of his brother Mark. He d. 1749; res. Hopkinton, Mass. 

245. iii. Gideon, b. Nov. 27, 1729; m. Hannah Norcross. 

246. iv. Elizabeth, b. Jan. 28, 1731; m. Ebenezer Hc^we and d. soon. 

247. ii. Judith, b. July 25, 1727. 

248. i. Isaac, b. July 29, 1725; d. bef. 1749. Not mentioned in will. 

72. Daniel Whitney (John, John, John), b. Dec. 3, 1681; m. June 21, 1704, 
Susanna Curtis. He d. ; res. Roxlaury, Mass. 

249. i. John, b. May 23, 1705. He was given land in Woodstock, Conn., 

at the death of his grandfather by his will. 

250. ii. Elizabeth, b. Feb. 4, 1706. 

251. iii. Susanna, b. Feb. 21, 1708. 

252. iv. Daniel, b. Mar. 26. 1711; m. . 

253. V. Anna, b. Apr. 30, 1713. 

254. vi. Elijah, b. Jan. 15, 1715; m. Hannah . 

255. vii. Ruth, b. Dec. 5, 1718. 
2.56. viii. Elisha, b, Oct. 5, 1722. 

257. ix. Esther, b. July 11, 1726; m. Mar. 8, 1745, John White. 

73. Timothy Whitney (John, John, John), b. Apr, 16, 1678; m. June 12, 1706, 
Margaret Bacon. 

Timothy Whitney went from Roxbury to Newton, and in 1728, for ;^615, pur- 
chased a farm and buildings of John Prentice. 

He d. ; res. Roxbury, Newton, and Warwick, Mass. 

258. i. Sarah, b. Feb. 28, 1707; m. Apr. 18, 1729, William Pierce, the son 

of Francis Pierce, and was b. May 1, 1708; d. Jan. 17, 1779. 
With his wife he resided in Southboro, Hopkinton, and Sutton, 
at which latter place he died and was buried on Leland Hill. 
He was a native of Weston, and in 1758 purchased land of 
Widow Sarah Hawding, of Boston, located in Hopkinton. Ch.: 
Francis, b. July 18, 1729; m. Dec. 8, 1759, Lydia Ball; Ebenezer, 
b. Apr. 4,1731; d. unm. 1753 (see Prob. Rec. at Camb.); William, 
b. Dec. 31, 1741; m. Abigail Walker; Jonathan, b. June 10, 1736; 
Sarah, b. Aug. 30, 1744; d. unm. in Mendon; Aaron, b. Aug. 15, 
1746; Hannah, b. Aug. 30, 1731; m. Aug. 6, 1764, Isaac Greene; 
Seth, b. Nov. 9, 1738. During the last years of William's life he 
lived with his son Jonathan, who married Eunice Leathe for his 
first wife. She was b. in Sutton, Mass., and died without issue. 
His second wife was Mary Goodale, who was a sister of the 


mother of Robert B. Thomas, the founder, and during his life 
the publisher, of the "Farmers' Almanack." of which anybody 
who was born m New England has heard. Jonathan Pierce was 
a farmer, and when 41 years of age enlisted in the company of 
Capt. Bngham in Col. Job. Cushing's regiment in the Revolu- 
tionary army. Later he served in Capt. Andrew Elliott's com- 
pany. Aiiiong the purchases he made of land in Sutton was 
l^^r {\?^ Benjaniin Whitney, of Westboro. a near relative of 
Eh Whitney, who was the brother of the great-great-grand- 
'"•S^^u^°^^ ^^^ compiler of this work. Jonathan by his second 
wife had thirteen children. He lived and died on the old place 
and left the estate to his son Amos, who was b. Oct 13 1770- he 
Jived on the old place in Sutton and married Annie Hicks and 
had eight children; the youngest was Silas Austin, who married 
Maria N. Smith, daughter of Nathaniel and Nancy (Forbush) 
Smith, of Grafton They had four children and are the parents 
Piellfe?"'^ *^^^ ^'^'"'^^ genealogy by Fred C. 

o«n" '■• ?/^^^' ^- ^P""- 2. 1-11; m- Hannah Cheney. 

260. III. Moses, b. June 20, 1714; m. Rebecca Hyde. 

ifl- "'• Jf^SEi^H. b. Feb. 21, 1716; m. Mary Hastings. 

lai ""• Timothy, b. Apr. 20, 1720; d. young. 

266. VI. TiMOTH/, b. Apr. 30, 1721. 

m Nm- 7^'^Jq"^''Mf "^ Whitney (Nathaniel, John, John), b. Watertown Mar. 5, 1(375- 
V ]'a ' oi^'^y, ^"^'"^°"= ^- Sept. 6, 1676; d. Dec. 31, 1740. 
He d. Sept. 23, 1730; res. Watertown, Mass 

264. I. Nathaniel, b. Jan. 23, 1696; ro. Mary Child. 

265. II. Sarah, b. Mar 3 1698; m. prob. Aug. 3, 1726, Ephraim Rice of 

Worcester; b. Sept. 26, 1693; res. in Worcester until 1742 Ch 
Amos, b. Sept. 10 1727; m. Martha Hagar; Mercy, b. April li; 
b. JunTb 1742"' ^""^'"^"^ Abigail, b. Mar. 28, 1732; Bathsheba, 

266. iii. Amos, b. Apr. 19, 1701 

l^n' k i-I = '?"']^ ^I""^'^^' ^'i^ ^^^^' ^^^ss. Ch.! Daniel, b. 
J^"; Sl'i^' "V 1 '^1. Mary Bond (his son, Daniel, Jr., gr. Harvard 
<^on Itbb a lawyer and senator of Petersham 1. Mr. Daniel 
Bigelow d. Aug. 29 1776, in his 48th year of his age. A brother 
of the distinguished Col. Timothy Bigelow and father of Daniel 
±5igelow dd, who in 1776 formed connection with William 
Stearns, Esq., in the publication of the Worcester Spv and 
afterward studied law and practiced in Petersham. Daniel 
•Bigelow 3d was at different times representative, senator, mem- 
ber of the_ executive council, and countv attorney; David b 

isTn 'in L™- ^^l^^ ,^^^°"' ^^^- I^a^'^ Bigelow d. May 10,' 
1810; ae. ,9 W as a brother of Col. Timothy Bigelow. Resided 
in the northeast part of Worcester, on the road now know as 
Mountain street. Tavern keeper. Married for his f^rst wife, in 
1^02, Sarah Eaton, and his second wife, whom he married in 
1 .64, was Deborah Hey wood. Selectman, 1776-77-79-80-83-84 
in bept., 1 / <5, he was chosen a member of a committee to inspect 
the tories passing between Lancaster and Worcester or any other 
way. Representativeto the General Court, 1777. Was a delec^ate 
to a state convention assembled at Concord on the 14th of fulv 
ef{eri\°nfX "^^^f ',^^ ^« ''.e'ieve the people from the disastrous 
ettects of the great depreciation of the currency, and the high 
Foienri,!^' necessaries of life. With Levi Lincoln, sen , and 
ram^n. i "■ ^^^, ^^osen in 1779 a delegate to a convention for 
trammg a constitution a son, Tyler, gr. Harvard Coll 1801 

s?a?ded tViJ^'r-^''''}: \ ^'^ 2 years! Elijah, b. Mar 2, 1131. 
scalded in 1740; Timothy, b. Aug. 2, 1739; m. Anna Andrews 

(\Vh\fZ]n^^T''''V '°" °^ ^^"'^^ Bigelow and Elizabeth 
(\\ hitney^Bigelow, who came to Worcester from Watertown 
He was a descendant of John Bigelow, the emigrant, who was a 


son of Randall Bigelow, of Wrentham, county of Suffolk, Eng- 
land. This John was in Watertown as early as 1636, and 
married, 1642, Mary Warren, also born in England. 

Col. Bigelow was one of the prime movers in the provincial 
cause in the Revolutionary war, being associated with Warren, 
Otis, and other leading spirits. In March, 1773, he was elected 
a member of the local Committee of Correspondence, and con- 
tinued a member until called into active service in April, 1775. 
He was active in the organization of the American Political 
Society in Dec, 1773, comprising the leading patriots of the 
town, and meetings of the society were frequently held at his 
house. He was an influential member of many revolutionary 
committees. Was a delegate from this town at the first and 
second sessions of the Provincial Congress in 1774 and 1776. 

In the spring of 1775, Mr. Isaiah Thomas, the publisher of the 
Massachusetts Spy, printed in Boston, was placed by the British 
authorities on the list of suspicious persons, and his paper was 
proscribed. Joseph Warren and Timothy Bigelow advised his 
removal with his press and types to Worcester. Although an 
affair of some difficulty and requiring great caution, Capt. 
Bigelow undertook the task, and, selecting a dark night, he with 
others succeeded in conveying the press and types to Barton's 
Point, and ferrying them to Charlestown, and from thence 
transporting them to Worcester to the basement of his own 
house, where the press was set up ready for use. 

He organized and commanded the company of minute men 
which marched from Worcester on the alarm at Lexington, Apr. 
19, 1775, and on the organization of the army at Cambridge was 
appointed major in the regiment of which Jonathan Ward was 
colonel. He took part in the ill-fated expedition against 
Quebec in the fall of 1775, was taken prisoner and confined 
nearly a year, when he was paroled and afterward exchanged, 
and was soon in active service as Lieut.-Colonel. Feb. 8, 1777, 
he received a commission as colonel, and was appointed to the 
command of the 15th Massachusetts regiment in the Continental 
army, then forming principally of men from Worcester county. 
On the completion of the regimental organization, he marched 
with his command to join the northern army under Gen. Schuy- 
ler, arriving in season to assist in the capture of Burgoyne by 
Gen. Gates at Saratoga. He was also in service in Rhode 
Island, Verplanck's Point, Robinson's Farms, N. J., Peekskill, 
Monmouth, Valley Forge, West Point, and Yorktown. At the 
close of the war he was stationed for a time at West Point, and 
afterward assigned to the command of the arsenal at Spring- 
field. On relinquishing his military duties, he returned to 
Worcester and engaged in his old occupation as a blacksmith. 
In 1780, he with others obtained a grant of 23,040 acres of land 
in Vermont, upon which he founded a town, giving it the name 
of Montpelier, now the capital of the state. He is described as 
having been a man of fine personal appearance, tall and erect, 
and possessed of a martial bearing. He married Anna Andrews, 
July 7, 1762. 

In 1861 the remains of Col. Bigelow were exhumed, incased in 
a metallic casket and placed in a receptacle beneath the base 
of the monument erected by his great-grandson. Col. Timothy 
Bigelow Lawrence, of Boston. 

(See Lincoln's History of Worcester; Silence, b. Jan. 29,1742; m. Jonathan Glea- 
son, of Worcester.) 

Jonas, b. Dec, 1703. 

James, b. Mar. 2, 1704. 

Israel, b. abt. 1710; m. Hannah . 

Susanna, bap. June 17, 1711; m. May 31,1736, Abraham Gregory, 
b. Aug. 24, 1704. Ch.: Susanna, b. Oct. 13,1736; m.May 18, 1758, 
Jonas Bowman; Elijah, b. Feb. 27, 1738; Abigail, b. June 1,1740; 

















Ruth, b. Dec. 19, 1742; Mi)^-i,.. b. |une 29, 1745; d. June, 1746; 

Patience, b. Apr. 4, 1747; mrMar. 19. 1742, Samuel Smith. 
272. viii. Solomon, bap. June 17, 1711; m. Martha Fletcher. 
278. ix. Samuel, bap. June 17, 1711; m. Elizabeth Hastings. 

274. X. Ebenezer, bap. Apr. 25, 1714. He was a doctor; res. Worcester, 

Mass. Died Jan. 23, 1743. His brother, Israel of Oxford, was 
admr. of his estate. Inventory dated May, 1745. 

275. xi. Joshua, b. Mar. 25, 1714; m. Mehitable Wilson. 

276. xii. David, b. in 1716; m. Mehitable Parker. 

80. William Whitney (Nathaniel, John, John), b. May 6, 1683; m. May 17 
1706, Martha Pierce, b. Dec. 24, 1681. 

He d. Jan. 24, 1720; res. Weston, Mass. 

277. i. William, b. Jan. 11, 1707; m. Hannah Harrington, Mrs. Mary 

Pierce, Margaret Spring, and Mrs. Sarah Davis. 

Judith, b. Nov. 15, 1708. 

Amity, b. Oct. 6, 1712. 

Martha, b. Apr. 4, 1716; m. in Sudbury, Feb. 26, 1734, Timothy 
Mossman of S.; res. Ashburnham. He was b. in Sudbury, in 
1710. His father, Timothy, Sr., was one of the original proprie- 
tors of Dorchester, Canada, Ashburnham, Mass., and Timothy, 
Jr., was an early settler there. In 1743 he built a house of 
entertainment there and received £><0 of the j^lOO attempted to 
be raised "and if there should be peace with France within 
twelve months that the aforesaid Mossman to have the sum of 
^40 old tenor." He was driven 'away from the town by fear of 
the Indians, and his house stood a short distance south of the 
common. The following is a copy of his petition in the 46th 
vol. Mass. state archives: 

The petition of Timothy Mossman, which humbly craves leave 
to show that your petitioner lived in Dorchester, Canada, and was 
drove off by the Indians from that town, and thereby I lossed 
my House Moveables and Improvements, and being impover- 
ished sold my land there. I was put in possession of the 
pottashfarm by virtue of a Lease from Capt. Plaisteed, where I 
did much labour in fencing improveing and makeing roads to 
the value of two hundred pounds where also I met with great 
sickness in my person & family and was further reduced by the 
loss of the possession of the province land as it become profita- 

Therefore I prav your Excellency and Honours from your 
own goodness and humanity to compassionate my distress'd cir- 
cumstances and forgive me the debt I owe the Province and 
give me a small tract or tracts of province land that may be 
found to lye betwixt Westminster and Leominster that is use- 
less to the govern't or the sum of 200/ or equivolente in land, 
and as in duty bound shall ever pray. 


In answer to this petition of Mr. Mossman the General Ct)urt 
ordered June 12, 1764, " that the sum of twelve pounds, being a 
debt due from the petitioner to the province, be remitted to him 
in full answer to his petition." 

In 1760 he resided in Princeton and was living on the pot- 
ash farm in that town. Afterward he resided in Westminster 
and d. Sept. 5. 1801, ae. 92. 
281. V. Samuel, b. May 23, 1719; m. Abigail Fletcher. 

81. Samuel Whitney (Nathaniel, John, John), bap. Weston, Mass., July 17, 
1687; m. at Stratford, Conn., Jan. 18, 1721, Anne Laboree. 

Samuel was the son of Nathaniel Whitney of Weston, for in the administrator's 
account of his (the father's) estate he refers to him as "son of Stratford." Stephen Whit- 
ney Phoenix, in his extensive genealogy of Henry Whitney, of Connecticut, and his 
descendants, is in error in giving the descendants of Samuel and claiming that he 


was of the Connecticut family. Samuel owned the covenant in the Congregational 
church at Stratford July 7, 1723. His grave stone reads as follows: 

Here lies buried 

the Body of Mr. 

Samuel Whitney 
who Departed this 
Life December ye 

6, 1753 in ye 66th 
year of his age. 

His wife survived him, for in 1754 she had a life lease of certain premises of her son. 
He d. Dec. 6, 1763, ae. 66; res. Stratford, Conn. 

282. i. Sarah, b. Aug. 29, 1723; m. Nov. 6, 1746, Daniel Foote, b. there 

July 26, 1717; res. Stratford and Newtown, Conn. He d. June 
28, 1790, ae. 72. She d. Dec. 14, 1803, ae. 74. The family record 
says she d. Nov. 2, 1794, ae, 73. 
Mary, b. Nov. 19, 1725; m. Edward Osborne. 

Samuel, b. Dec. 13, 1727; m. Hannah Judson and Martha . 

Anne, b. Nov. 16, 1730. 

89. John Whitney (Joseph, John, John), b. Watertown, July 29, 1680; m. Feb 
22, 1703, Sarah Cutting, dau. of Zachariah, b. 1675. 

He was one of the original grantees of land at Paris, Me., in 1735. His will is 
dated Nov. 17, 1749, proved Dec. 15, 1760; owned property in Weston and Waltham. 
He d. in 1760; res. Weston, Mass. 

Isaac, b. Sept. 2, 1710; m. Elizabeth Gale. 
Zachariah, b. Dec. 28, 1711; m. Sarah Boynton. 
John, b. June 22, 1714. 

Abraham, b. Aug. 8, 1716; m. Tabitha Allen. 

Joseph, b. Oct. 2, 1719; m. prob. Mar. 11, 1743, Mary Child; b. 
June 10, 1722; res. Waltham, Mass. 

92. Benjamin Whitney (Joseph, John, John), b. Watertown, June 30, 1684; m 
Mar. 1, 1709, Elizabeth Fiske, b." Jan. 20, 1685. 

His will is dated June 14 and was proved Nov. 8, 1736. He d. Oct., 1736; res. 
Watertown, Mass. 

Joseph, b. Dec. 3, 1710; m. Mary Child. 
Benja.min, b. Sept. 14, 1712; m. 

























Samuel, b. Nov. 22, 1715; m. Mary Clark. 

Elizabeth, b. Mar. 9, 1718; m. Nov. 26, 1747, William McCune, 

of Weston. Ch.: Lydia, b. Oct., 1748; Isaac, b. May 31, 1750. 

She prob. m. 2d, ; child. (See her bro. Samuel's will.) 

96. Benjamin Whitney (Benjamin, John, John), bap. Watertown, July 10, 

1698; m. Rebecca . 

res. Watertown, Mass. 

Mary, b. July 12, 1733. 

Benjamin, b. Aug. 25, 1736. Did he go to Norwalk, Conn.? 

Rebecca, b. Feb. 4, 1738. 

Samuel, b. Apr. 7, 1742. Did he m. Lydia Prentice; b. Mar. 11, 

1738; m. Jan. 16, 1765; he of W? 
JosiAH.-b. June 17, 1746. 
Henry, bap. Jan. 12, 1745. 
Lydia, bap. Oct. 18, 1747. 
Sarah, bap. Sept. 10, 1749. 

Whitney (Benjamin, John, John), b. Watertown, June 15, 1694; m. 

Susan — '- ; m. 2d Oct. 6, 1737, Bethia Cutter; b. July 9, 1714 (see Cutter Gen., p. 

77); m. 3d Nov. 28, 1764, Mrs. Beriah (Bemis) (Child) Pierce, wid. of Joseph Pierce, 
formerly wid. of Daniel Child, and dau. of John Bemis; b. June 23, 1681. She d. in 
Weston in 1768, and left her property to her children by Daniel Child. 
He d. in 1776; res. Watertown, Mass. 

303. i. Susanna, bap. May 31, 1730; m. John Dean. 

304. ii. John, bap. Mar. 17, 1731; m. Mary Benjamin. 

305. iii. Jonathan, bap. Apr. 30, 1732. 

306. IV. Amos, bap. Nov. 10, 1734. Was he a rev. soldier from Barre, 


Hed. - 















98. John \\ 












307. V. Abraham, b. Dec. 7, 1736; m. Elizabeth Whitney (dau. of Joseph) 

and Mary Mead. 

308. vi. Moses, bap. Sept. 3, 1738. 

309. vii. EzEKiEL, bap. Apr. 12, 1741; m. Catherine Draper and Catherine 


310. viii. Stephen, b. Apr. 23, 1743; ni. Relief Stearns. 

311. ix. Aaron, bap. Apr. 12, 1746. 

312. X. Ruth, bap. July 6, 1748; d. Apr. 5, 1751. 

99. Ensign David Whitney (Benjamin, John, John), b. Watertown, June 16, 
1697; m. 1720, Rebecca Fillebrown, b. in Cambridge, Nov. 6, 1695, d. 1749. 

He was one of the original proprietors of land at Paris, Me., in 1736. 
He d. in 1745; res. Watertown and Waltham, Mass. 

313. i. Rebecca, b. Nov. 2. 1721; m. July 18, 1745. Thomas Stowell, 

b. Sept. 28, 1719, d. Jan. 11, 1755; res. Waltham. Ch.: Rebecca, 
b. Sept. 9, 1746; m. Apr. 2, 1767, Abraham Child; David, b. Feb. 
7, 1748; Elizabeth; b. June 14, 1752; m. 1774, Aaron Brown. 

314. ii. David, b. Sept. 25, 1723; m. Mary Merriam. 

315. iii. Anna, b. Aug. 8, 1725; m. June 4, 1752; Samuel Merriam, b. Dec. 

21,1723; res. Lex. and Westminster, Mass. Ch.: Anna, b. Oct. 10, 
1753; m. Warren and Harris; Eunice, b. June 22, 1755; m. John 
Fessendon; Samuel, b. Mar. 25, 1757; m. Elizabeth Fessendon; 
Ruth, bap. Feb. 25, 1759; m. Richard Graves; Tabitha, bap. 
Dec. 28, 1760; Nathan, bap. Apr. 29, 1764; m. Abigail Holden; 
Jonathan, bap. Feb. 22, 1767; m. Betsey Harris. 

Nathan, b. Mar. 12, 1726; m. Tabitha Merriam. 

Ruth, b. Feb. 23, 1728; d. Apr. 23, 1757. 

Josiah, b. Nov. 22, 1730; m. Sarah Lawrence. 

Jonas, b. June 25, 1733; m. Sarah Whittemore. 

Jonathan, b. Feb. 10, 1735; d. Apr. 9, 1757. 

100. Ensign Daniel Whitney (Benjamin, John, John), b. Watertown, July 17, 
1700; m. Dorothy Tainter, dau. of Dea. Simon and Joanna (Stone) Tainter, b. 1706; d, 
Aug. 7, 1788. 

He was in the Revolutionary army, in the Watertown companv, commanded by 
Capt. Barnard. Was selectman 1751-5'5-59-60-61-62. He d. about '1775; res. Water- 
town, Mass. 

^1. i. Benjamin, b. Apr. 12, 1723; m. Deliverance . 

32U. ii. Abigail,!). June 5, 1725; m. Mar. 17, 1745, Edmund Fowle. He 
wasa cordwainer; res. Watertown. (See Court Records, Dec. 10, 
1752.) Ch.: Abigail, b. Nov. 11, 1745; m. Apr. 29, 1767, Joshua 
Brown; Edmund, b. Dec. 31, 1747; m. Mary Cook; Mary, b. 
Nov. 21, 1749; Dorothy, b. Jan. 27, 1752; m. Jonathan Brewer; 
Ebenezer Smith, b. Mar. 25, 1754; m. Susan Jackson; John, b. 
Feb. 1, 1756; m. Mary Cook; Lucy, b. Aug. 11, 1758; m. John 
Meacham; Jeremiah, b. Dec. 17, 1760; m. Polly Caper; Samuel, 
b. Dec. 18, 1762. 

322. iii. Simon, b. Mar. 20, 1727; m. Marv Ruggles and Mary Seaver. 

323. iv. Joanna, b. Sept. 20, 1729; m, Sept. 20, 1750, John Cooke, b. Mar. 31, 

1724; res. Watertown. Ch.: Daniel, b. May 22, 1762; Daniel, b. 
Mar. 26, 1764; m. Esther Cook; Mary, b. Apr. 27, 1756; m. Ed- 
mund Fowle, Jr.; John, b. Sept. 12, 1757; m. Susanna ; 

Lucy, b. Nov. 29, 1759; Israel, b. Oct. 21. 1761; Stephen. 

324. V. Mary, b. Sept. 10,1731; m. June 10, 1762, Major John Wood- 

bridge, b. July 24, 1732; m. in So. Hadley. He was captain in 
the French and Indian war 8 vears and was major in the Rev. 
war. Hed. of apoplexy Dec. 27. 1782. She d. Aug.. 1805. Ch.: 
Dorothy, b. May 2. 1763; d. unm.; Lucy. b. Jan. 6, 1765; m. 
James Doahe, Jr.; John, b. Julv 12.1769; d. unm. Dec. 2. 1836; 
.Martha, b. Jan. 8, 1771; m. John Dunlop and d. July 12. 1830; 
Rev. Benj. Ruggles. b. June 1, 1775; gr. Dart. 1796; settled in 
Norwich, Conn., Huntington and So. Hadley ; d. unm. May 8, 1844. 
Major John res. on the farm in So. Hadley, which was owned 
by his father-in-law. 

325. vi. Dorothy, b. May 31. 1733; m. Sept. 19, 1751, Nathaniel Coolidge. 

He kept a public house from 1764 to 1770, on the south side of 














the river at Watertown Bridge, the first house. He d. bef, 
1778. Ch.:Susanna, b. Dec. 17, 1752; m. Nov. 11,1773, Elkanah 
Wales, of Braintree; Mary. b. Dec. 3, 1754; m. Sept. 3,1777, 
William Hunt; gr. Harvard Coll. 1768, a lawyer of Wat.; 
Daniel, b. May, 24, 1756; m. Elizabeth Fessenden; Nathaniel, 
b May 4, 1760; m. Catherine Baldwin; Grace, b. Aug. 19,1763; 
d. Dec. 5, 1769; Nathan, b. Dec. 6, 1766; m. Betsey Curtis (a son 
Carlos gr. Mid. Coll. 1811, lawyer, state senator; res. Windsor, 
Vt., Gov.,Vt.) 

Daniel, b. Dec. 7, 1735; m. Mary Harrington. 

Joshua, b. Apr. 3, 1737; m. Mary Clarke. 

Henry, b. Dec. 3, 1738; m. Hannah Tombs. 

Israel, b. Aug. 6, 1741; m. Jemina Robbins. 

Lydia, bap. 1743. 

Grace, b. Oct. 22, 1746; m. Sept. 30, 1765, Josiah Biscoe, b. July 18, 
1740. Shed. Apr. 30, 1773, and hem. Mary Mason ;res.Watertown. 
Ch.: Daniel Whitney, b. Nov. 17. 1765; Grace, b. Oct. 2, 1767; 
m. Apr. 21, 1796, William Winchester; Thomas, b. Aug. 31, 
1769; Leonard, b. Mar. 29, 1773; res. Walpole, N. H. 

332. xiii. Elisha, b. Feb. 27, 1747; m. Eunice Farley. 

333. xiv. Lucy, b. June 30, 1749; m. May 22, 1766, Benjamin Dana, of Cam- 

bridge, b. Apr. 6, 1741, son of William and Mary (Green) Dana. 
The date of her death seems to be very uncertain, for her grave- 
stone at Arlington (formerly W. Cambridge) gives the date as 
follows: " Died at W. Cambridge, Dec. 11, 1814, aged 66," while 
some family papers say Dec. 18, 1814, and the histories of 
Watertown and Cambridge say, "Died Dec. 15, 1815, aged 65." 
By her second marriage she did not have any children. By the 
first marriage four children were born: William, Elisha Whit- 
ney, Anne, and Jonathan. 

102. Moses Whitney (Moses, Richard, John), b. 1690; m. Elizabeth ; m" 

2d Nov. 20, 1766, Sarah Gary. 

^ He madehis will, July 12, 1774; lodged for probate June 3, 1778. One shilling was 
paid for recording his death, per adm. accounts. He made bequests in his will to 
Abigail, wife of Ezra Farnsworth, of Groton (dau. of Ephraimand Mary (Whitney), 
Pierce and Jemima Walker, of Charlestown, N. H. He d. May, 1778; res. Littleton 
and Lunenburg, Mass. 

334. i. Salmon, b. Jan. 8, 1712; m. Sarah . 

335. ii. Aaron, b. Mar. 14, 1714; m. Alice Baker and Mrs. Ruth (Hubbard) 


336. iii. Sarah, b. Sept. 29, 1716; m. June 11,1734, Jonathan Wood, of Stow. 

Ch.: John, Barnabas, and Mehitable, who m. Col. Ebenezer 
Bridge, of Fitchburg. 

337. iv. Barnabas, b. Jan. 22, 1721; prob. d. bef. 1778, not mentioned in 

his father's will. 

338. V. Ephraim, b. Mar. 1. 1723; m. Jane Bancroft. 

3.39. vi. Bazaleel (or Beraleel, I, b. Nov. 29, 1726; same as Barnabas, 

340. vii. Lydia, b. Lancaster; m. Dea. Samuel Taylor, of Templeton, 


341. viii. Mary, b. Lancaster; m. Feb. 22, 1753, John White, of Lancaster, 

the son of Josiah and Abigail ( Whitcomb) White, b, Lancaster, 
May 10, 1729; d. Canaan, Me., in 1820; res. Leominster and 
F"itchburg, Mass. Ch.: Betsey, Lydia, m. Edward Hartwell and 
moved to Me. in 1780, and John. 

103. Abraham Whitney (Moses, Richard, John), b. May 29, 1692; m. Mary 
Stone, dau. of Isaac, b. 1698; d. Oct. 7, 1766; m, 2d Elizabeth . 

In 1749 he gave his son, Abraham, Jr., land given him by his father, Moses. His 
will is dated May 13, 1768, and was published May 8, 1782. He d. May, 1782; res. 
Stow, Mass. 

342.; i. Jemima, b. Oct. 14, 1715; d. young. 

343. ii. Kezia, b. Oct. 8, 1716; m. Hale. 

344. iii. Ephraim, b. Apr. 6, 1723; d. young. 

345. iv. Abraham, b. July 31, 1724; m. Marcy Perry. 

346. V. Isaac, b. Jan. 24, 1726; d. Aug. 21, 1746. 


347. vi. Mary, b. Oct. 28, 1729; m. Nov. 22, 1748, Silas Jewell, Jr.,b. May 

4, 1726. 
They res. Stow. He d. Sept. 15, 1778, ae. 86-3-17 days, as per gravestone. Ch.: 

Mercy, b. ; m. Furbush; Lucy, b. ; m. Whitcomb; Eunice, b. Nov. 28, 1754; 

m. Ephraim Maynard; Ch.: Levi, Mary, Ephraini, Lydia, Luther, Calvin, Abigail, 

Levica and Eunice. Mary, b. ; m. Abner Danton. Ch.: Susannah, Betsey, William, 

Mollis, and others. Silas C, b. Sept. 9, 1751; d. Feb. 27, 1837. 

104. Jonas Whitney (Moses, Richard, John), b. Stow, Feb. 1, 1699; m. Jan. 
19, 1723, Dorcas Wood; d. Feb. 22, 1725; m. 2d Mar. 12, 1726, Margaret Stratton. 

His will is dated Dec. 12, 1769; inventory of estate made Oct. 15, 1770. He d. 
Sept. 18, 1770; res. Stowe and Harvard, Mass. 

348. i. Jonathan, b. ; prob. d. young. 

349. ii. Dorcas, b. ; d. Feb. 22, 1725. 

350. iii. Jonas, b. July 2, 1727; m. Zebudah Davis. 

351. iv. Ephraim, b. Sept. 19, 1728; m. Marcy Winslow. 

352. V. Timothy, b. Feb. 1, 1729; m. Alice Whitney. 

353. vi. Moses, b. Oct. 17, 1733; m. Betty Hutchins. 

354. vii. Ruth, b. Sept. 8, 1736; m. Feb. 19, 1776, Jonathan Adams. 

355. viii. Aaron, b. July 2, 1740; m. Anna Lawrence and Sally Pollard. 

356. ix. Margaret, b. Oct. 22, 1731; m. Jan. 22, 1756, Jonas Wheeler, 

of Petersham. 

105. Jason Whitney (Moses, Richard, John), b. Stow, 1704; m. Arabella ; 

b. 1703; d. Sept. 28, 1785. 














Jason Whitney was one of the committee of four to seat the meeting house in 
Grafton Nov. 15, 1738. He served in the Revolutionary army in the company from 
Stow under Capt. Whitcomb. He d. in .Stow Feb. 19, 1785; res. Stow, Grafton, 
and Stow, Mass. 

Priscilla, b. Mar. 13, 1728. 

Micah, b. Nov. 9, 1730. 

Bl'lah, b. Dec. 7, 1732. 

Lois, b. Mar. 2, 1735. 

DiMMERAS, b. May 29, 1737. 

Eunice, b. Aug. 5, 1739. 

Sarah, b. June 8, 1741. 

106. Le.muel Whitney (Moses, Richard, John), b. (youngest son as per 

father's will) Aug. 1, 1714; m. ; Sibel ; d. prob. 1799. 

1799, Abram Whitney, Jr., of Stow, land once of Sibel Whitney, late of Stow, de- 
ceased, now m right of Isaac Whitney. Nabby Whitney a witness. 

1798, Elias Whitney, of Stow, sells to Ab., Jr., all right in land set off to my 
mother Sibel as estate of Lemuel, of Stow, deceased. Hezekiah Whitney a witness. 
He d. Jan. 23, 1755; res. Stow, Mass. 

Le.muel, b. June 16, 1735; d. Nov. 14, 1738. 

Sibel, b. Jan. 14, 1736; d. Apr. 17, 1740. 

Marcy, b. Mar. 10, 1742; d. Sept. 30, 1753. 

Anna, b. June 4, 1745; d. Oct. 6, 1753. 

Isaac, b. Mav 25, 1747; m. Lvdia Taylor. 

Lydia, b. Oct. 10, 1749; d. Oct. 7, 1753. 

Elias, b. ; m. Rachel — . 

Lemuel, b. 1738; m. Elizabeth . 
















107. John Whitney (Moses, Richard, John), b. Stow; m. in Lancaster May 20, 
1724, Rebecca Whitney, of Stow. He was at this time of Lancaster. He resided in 
Lancaster on territory which was subsequently annexed to Shirley in 1765. It was 
at his house that the first town meeting was held, when the people took their first 
step as a body politic. This was later purchased for a workhouse and almshouse. 
It was used for that purpose for many years, but afterward became a private dwell- 
ing. He d. ; res. Stow, Lancaster, and Shirley, Mass. The following petition 

began the separation of Shirley from Groton: 

To the inhabitants of the town of Groton, assembled in town meeting on the first 
day of March, 1747, the petition of us, the subscribers, being all inhabitants of the 
town of Groton aforesaid, hereby showeth that your petitioners all live in the extreme 
parts of the town, and by that means are incapacitated to attend the public worship 
constantly, either ourselves or families; and bemg sensible that our being set off in 











order for a precinct will be of great service to us, we desire that we may be set off 
by the bounds following, viz: Beginning at the mouth of the Squannacook river, and 
to run up said river till it comes to Townsend line, and then by Townsend and Lunen- 
burg lines till it cometh to Groton southwest corner, and so by the south line of said 
town until it cometh to Lancaster river, and then down said river till it cometh to 
Harvard corner, and then about a mile on Harvard north line; then turn north and 
run to the waste brook in Coicors (Cauicus or Nonacaiucus) farm, where people gen- 
erally pass over, and from thence to the mouth of Squannacook river, where we first 
began; and your petitioners, as bound in duty, shall ever pray, etc. 

John Whitney & 32 others. 
The prayer of the petitioners was granted, and Shirley was incorporated in 

John, b. Mar. 20, 1725; m. Hannah Sawtell. 
Sarah, b. Feb. 5, 1726-27. 

Ezra, b. Aug. 24, 1731; m. . 

BuLAH, b. Jan. 23, 1730. 

Abner, b. Jan. 21, 1734; m. Sarah Hilton. 

109. Richard Whitney (Richard, Richard, John), b. Stow, Mass., in 1694; 
m. Hannah Whitcomb, dau. of Josiah, of Lancaster, b. 1693; d. Nov. 17, 1743; 
m. 2d int. Oct. 26, 1745, Mrs. Hannah Ayers, b. in 1704; d. Sept 27, 1775. In 
her will she bequeathed property to her son Joseph Ayers, of Cambridge, dau, 
Hannah Stacey, and son-in-law Daniel Whitney. He d. Apr. 27, 1775; res. Stow, 

377. i. Mary, b. Nov. 24, 1715; m. Gates. 

378. ii. Dorothy, b. Apr. 13, 1718; m. Taylor. 

379. iii. Daniel, b. Feb. 13, 1720; m. Dorothy Goss. 

380. iv. Hannah, b. Mav 29, 1723; m. Wetherbee. 

381. V. Richard, b. Jul'y 31, 1725; m. Mary Perry. 

382. vi. Elizabeth, b. July 23, 1728; m. (int.) Apr. 15, 1748, Joseph Wether- 

bee; d. before 1775. Ch.: Jonathan, Joseph, and Jonas. 

383. vii. Josiah, b. Oct. 12, 1731; m. Sarah Farr and Sarah Dwelly. 

384. viii. Sarah, b. ; m. Dec. 23, 1769, Capt. Hezekiah Whitcomb, of 


110. Dea. Jonathan Whitney (Richard, Richard, John), b. in Stow, Mass., 
Feb. 26, 1699; m. in Lancaster, Jan. 29, 1718, Alice Willard, b. Dec. 1699; d. Feb. 19, 
1792. She was the daughter of Simon, who was born in Groton, Oct. 8, 1678, and 
who married Mary Whitcomb. They resided in Lancaster when Alice was born. 
The father died in 1706 and the widow married, Dec. 12 of the same same year, 
Samuel Farnsworth. Alice owned the covenant and was baptized in Lancaster 
July 20, 1718. At the time of his marriage Jonathan was styled captain. He was 
one of the most prominent residents in Harvard; was captain of the military com- 
pany, deacon in the church, and one of the first selectmen in Harvard. 

He signed the covenant of the First Church in Harvard in 1733. 
Lancaster May ye 20 1724. 

4 they Receved a Report of a Committy sent out on the propozition of John 
Warner John Darbey and Jonathan Whitney which was as followeth viz May the 
Eighteenth 1724 we the Subscribers marked Severall Waies viz one Hiway Beginmg at 
the Hiway neer to Caleb Sawyers barn and Ran as the markes directs to a white oak 
a Corner of John W'arners Land: and do alow it to Run Twenty Rods along side of 
John Warners Land: but .Samuell Warner appeered in said Meeting and made an 
offer that if the Town would Lay out the said Hiway along by his Hous and Gabriell 
Preists Hous through there Land that they to wit Grabiell Preist and Samuell Warner 
would Give the Land free and would be at half the Charge of Makeing and Keeping 
in Repare the way through there Land the Committey also Gave there voice that it 
might be as servesable to the publick. 

Two of the constables' lists for the year 1723 have by chance been preserved, 
and one of them is that of Samuel Warner, who lived at Bare Hill. This may serve 
as a census of polls for that year in the Lancastrian portion of Harvard, though 
allowance must be made for a few who lived upon what is now Bolton soil. The list 
contains sixty names, with a total assessment of ;^27]ls. 9d. for minister's rates, and 
;^34 6s. lOd. for town rates; which was almost exactly one-third the total amount of 
town's taxation in 1723. Among the names are Jonathan Whitney, John Whitney and 
Isaiah Whitney. 


The associated secessionists from the three towns at once appealed to the Gen- 
eral Court in a petition which is preserved only in such abstracts as were incor- 
porated in town meeting warrants, and in a later plan of the lands petitioned for. 
The petition was read in the House of Representatives July 2, and notice of a hear- 
ing was ordered given to the towns concerned. August 7, 1730, the voters of Lan- 
caster were warned to a town meeting: 

* * * to show cause (if any the town have) by agents or otherwise 
on ye second Tuesday of ye next session of ye General Court, why ye prayer of 
a petition signed / Simon Stone Juner, Jonathan Whitney and Thomas Wheeler, 
on behalfe of themselves (and as they say on behalfe and at ye desire of sun- 
dery of ye Inhabitants of ye Towns of Lancaster, Stow and Groton) wherein they 
prey that a Considerable part of ye Towns of sd Lancaster, Stow and Groton may 
be incorporated into a Distinct and Seperate Township, should not be Granted. 

The town voted that their representative "do oppose said petition on behalf 
of ye Town," and appointed a committee to survey the part of Lancaster peti- 
tioned for and to obtain all necessary information in regard to the numbers and 
estate of the petitioners. 

In Groton, at the town meeting August 17: 

The Petition of Simon Stone Junr. Jont. Whitney and Thomas Wheeler, In 
behalf of Theirselves & others Refering to a New town sjip to be made out of 
ye towns of Lancaster Groton and Stow refered to ye Great & General Court at 
their Session in June Last was Read Togather with the town's vote of March 
Last Refering to the Said affair and some Debate had thereon. It appeared to 
ye Town that if the Said Petition be Granted this town will be greatly hurt and 
many of the Inhabitants much Damfnifyed and incomoded Therefore voted that 
Benja. Prescott and Nathaneil Sawtell Esqs. together with ye Representative Mr. 
John Longley be a Committee Jointly or Severally to make answer to the Said 
Petition and use their best Endeavors That: No part of this Town on the West 
Side of Nashua River; nor any more on the East Side of the said River than 
what is Discribed In the Town vote above mentioned may be set off or annexed 
to the town Petitioned for &c. Any former vote to ye Contrary Not with Stand- 

In 1733 Jonathan Whitney was chosen deacon. 

In 1750 the committee appointed for the purpose of seating the meeting house 
reported Dea. Jonathan Whitney in the fore Seat below. 

He d. Nov. 8, 1773;* res. Stow, Lancaster, and Harvard, Mass. 
Oliver, b. July 22, 1731; m. Abigail Hutchins. 
Calkb, b. Oct. 4, 1729; m. Annes Church. 

Hezekiah, b. Apr. 14, 1735; m. Lydia and Lucy Pollard. 

Simon, b. Mar. 20, 1719; m. Olive , and Patience Haseltine. 

Jonathan, b. ; m. Sarah Holt. 

Betsey, b. ; m. Mar. 5, 1740-1, Phinehas Wetherbee of 

Alice, b. Apr. 2, 1733; m. Timothy Whitney (see). 
RuHAMAH, b. July 19, 1737; m. Abel Davis of Harvard. He was 
son of Eleazer and Sarah ( Willard) Davis, and was b. Mar. 1, 1736. 
Sarah, b. Sept. 10,1758; Ruhamah, b. Oct. 2, 1759; Eleazer, b. 
Oct. 20, 1764; Eleazer, b. Aug. 6, 1766; Abel, b. June 30, 1768; 
Sarah, b. July 31, 1770; Levi, b. Apr. 1, 1772; Joel, b. July 28, 
1774; Moses, b. July 6, 1776; Alice, b. June 7, 1778, at Stow. 

393. ix. Sarah, b. June 10, 1740; d. Dec. 26, 1746. 

394. X. Phinehas, b. Sept. 5, 1727. 

111. Joshua Whitney (Richard, Richard, John), b. Stow, Mass., 1706 m. Zer- 
viah ; res. Stow. Mass. 

395. i. Sarah, b. Nov. 26, 1733. 

396. ii. Mary, b. Nov. 29, 1743. 

397. iii. Caleb, b. May 23, 1749. 

398. iv. Joshua, b. Aug. 27, 1747; m. Marcy . 

117. Zachariah Whitney (Ebenezer, Richard, John), b. about 1708; m. at 
Pomfret, Conn., July 30, 1730, Ruth Taylor. It is not learned where Zachariah 
Whitney was born, but probably in some town in Massachusetts to which place 

* Tombstone says he was 78 years of age. 


































his parents removed prior to locating in Pomfret. In 1742 he withdrew from the 
church there and at that time was one of the "Separists." He d. ; res. Pom- 
fret, Conn. 

Mary, b. June 25, 1731. 

Zachariah, b. Oct. 27, 1732; m. Sarah Stanton. 

Moses, b. June 27, 1735; d. Apr. 24, 1756. 

Aaron, b. Nov. 1, 1737; m. Mary Peck. 

Ephraim, b. Apr. 27, 1740. 

Joseph, b. Nov. 5, 1743; m. Mary Lyon. 

Benjamin, b. Nov. 5, 1743. 

Ruth, b. Apr. 5, 1746. 

Ebenezer, b. Mar. 25, 1750; d. Mar. 11, 1756. 

118. Ezekiel Whitney (Ebenezer, Richard^ John), b. ; m. at Pomfret, 

Conn., July 18, 1728, Isabel Taylor; d. Apr. 15, 1731; m. 2d time July 22, 1731, 
Sarah Farrah. 

He was a farmer, was born and resided in Pomfret until after his marriage when 
he moved to Plainfield, where he was living as early as March, 1734. He probably 
moved elsewhere after 1742. 

In the probate court at Plainfield Hester, Lydia and Major (minor children of 
Ezekiel Whitney) appeal for guardian Feb. 12, 1751. Guardian appointed Feb. 12, 
1751. Ezekiel Whitney, inventory of estate Feb. 12, 1751. Sarah Whitney, distribu- 
tion to heirs Sept. 7, 1759. 

He d. in 1751; res. Pomfret and Plainfield, Conn. 

408. i. Ezekiel, b. Oct. 22, 1729, Pomfret; m. Elizabeth Knight, Deborah 

Tryal, Desire Landers. 

Ebenezer, b. Oct. 22, 1729; m. . 

ISABELLE, b. Apr, 13, 1731. 
Zerviah (dau), '.-. Mar. 15, 1732. 
Hester, b. Plainfield, Mar. 6, 1734. 
Lydia, b. May 2, 1737. 
Aaron, b. Sept. 6, 1739; d. bef. 1751. 
Moses, b. Sept. 10, 1742; d. bef. 1751. 

120. Thomas Whitney (Thomas, Thomas, John), b. Stow, Mass., July 17, 1681; 
m. in Concord July 26, 1704, Mary Baker, of Concord. 

May 19, 1719, in the old proprietor's book in Stow is the following relating to 
division of lands: "Thomas Whitney joining to his half-moon meadow and Mr. 
Googeii's land." Res. Stow, Mass. 

416. i. Samuel, b. July 22, 1714; m. Grace . 

417. ii. David, b. Oct. 4, 1722; m. Olive Sawyer and Mrs. Sarah (Wilder) 

(Rugg) Hill. 

418. iii. Joseph, b. 1716; m. Hannah (Sanborn) Chandler. 

122. John Whitney (Thomas, Thomas, John), b. Stow, Mass., May 13, 1684; m. 
Mar. 2, 17U9, there, Elizabeth Barnard, b. Oct. 29, 1684; d. prob. June, 1757. 

When the grant of the township of Bolton was made it was "ordered that Mr. 
John Whitney, a principal inhabitant of a new town, lately erected out of the town of 
Lancaster, in the county of Worcester, be and hereby is fully authorized and 
empowered to assemble the freeholders and other qualified voters there, as soon as 
may be, in some convenient place in said town, in order for their choosing a town 
clerk and all other town officers, to stand till the anniversary meeting of said town in 
March next," 1738. 

Her will is dated May 8, 1756, and was probated July 15, 1757. 

He d. in 1757; res. Stow, Lancaster and Boston, Mass. 

419. i. Elizabeth, b. ; m. Sept. 30, 1740, Jonathan Sawyer, Jr., in 


420. ii. Sarah, b. Oct. 2, 1716; m. int. Jan. 18, 1737, Abraham Whitney 


124. Benjamin Whitney (Thomas, Thomas, John), b. Oct. 7, 1687; m. Feb. 7, 
1710, Sarah Barrett, b. Nov. 28, 1692; d. Feb. 15, 1730; m. 2d, 1730, Abigail Bridge, 
dau. of Matthew, b. Apr. 1, 1696; d. Aug. 1, 1767, in Boston. 

He was one of the first of the family to settle in Boston, about 1737. His estate 
was appraised at ^{^4,168. He first bought land in Marlboro, Nov. 2, 1710, 321 acres, 
with house and barn, of Samuel Morse. In 1711 he was of Simon Mainard's garrison. 
















He owned large tracts in Marlboro, partly inherited from John and Deborah Barrett. 
In his will, dated Oct. 19, and proved Nov. 9, 1737, he speaks of himself as late of 
Marlboro, now of Boston, and therein wills to his son, Solomon, his " Xarragansett 
right" (Petersham), showing service in the Indian wars. He d. in Oct., 1787; res. 
Marlborough and Boston, Mass. 

421. i. Deborah, b. Nov. 7, 1711; m. Mar. 17, 1730, Joseph Wheeler; res. 

Marlboro, Mass., b. Apr. 19, 1700. He d. Apr. 23, 1772, Ch.: 
Sarah, b. Aug. 8, 1730; m. Jan. 9, 1752, Samuel Morris; Silas, b. 
Oct. 23, 1732; m. Julv 27, 1758, Abigail Bowker; John, b. Feb. 
23, 1734; Solomon, b.'Feb. 25, 1736; d. Nov. 26, 1773; David, b. 
May 4, 1738; d. young; Joseph, b. June 14, 1740; Elizabeth, b. 
Apr. 4, 1742; David, b. Dec. 8, 1744; Miriam, b. Dec. 4, 1746; 
Dinah, b. Jan. 1, 1749; d. young; Dinah, b. Dec. 1, 1750; For- 
tunatus, b. Apr. 29, 1754. 

422. ii. . Barrett, b. Sept. 22, 1715; m. June 16, 1737, Elizabeth Allen; res. 

in Boston, Mass. 

423. iii. David, b. June 21, 1717; m. Mercy . 

424. iv. Persis, b. Jan. 10, 1719; m. Nathan Goodale of Marlboro; b. June 

10,1709; d. Jan. 14,1780. He died during the "hard winter," 
and such was the depth of the snow that his remains were drawn 
to the graveyard on a hand-sled by men on rackets, though the 
yard was several miles distant from his residence. Ch.: Nathan, 
b. Mar. 14, 1737; m. Dmah Weeks; Timothv,b. Jan. 20, 1739; d. 
Feb. 11, 1739; Elizabeth, b. Feb. 25, 1740; m. Josiah Winn; Sarah, 
b. Aug. 15, 1742; m. Josiah Ward; res. Henniker, N. H.; Solo- 
mon, b. Sept. 19, 1744; m. Mehitable Burnap and Persis Bailey; 
res. Wardsboro, Vt.; Persis, b. Nov. 7, 1745; David , b. Aug. 14, 
1749; res. Shrewsbury; Miriam, b. July 14, 1751; m. Elisha Allen; 
Lucy, b. July 3, 1753; m. Otis Howe; Abner, b. Aug. 22, 1755; m. 
Molly Howe; Timothy, b. Oct. 18, 1757; d. 1776 in the Revolu- 
tionary army; Levina, b. Nov. 22, 1759; Job, b. Aug. 20, 1762; m. 
1794, Lydia Foote; res. Bernardston. He was a judge of the old 
Court of Sessions and prominent man in the county. 

425. v. Solomon, b. Dec. 20, 1721; m. Elizabeth Smith. 

426. vi. Sarah, b. July 13, 1723; m. 1745, Abraham Joslin; b. Apr. 30, 1704. 

He had formerly m. Jemima Snow of Woburn, who d. July 3, 
1745. Ch. by Sarah born in Marlboro, where they resided; Ben- 
jamin, b. Julv 3, 1746; m. Persis Carlev; Wm., b. Oct 30, 1747; d. 
1766; Submit', b. Mar. 10, 1749; Abraham, b. Mar. 24, 1751; Sarah, 
b. Dec. 5. 1752; Dinah, b. Dec. 3, 1754; John, b. June 2, 1757; 
Elizabeth, b. June 2, 1760; Henry, b. Oct. 23, 1762. 

427. vii. Timothy, b. July 6, 1725; d. young. 

428. viii. Dinah, b. July 12, 1727; m. Jan. 2, 17.56, Elijah Livermore, of 

Boston. She died Sept. 30, 1759, having one daughter, Abigail, 
who m. Rev. Elisha Scott Williams, gr. Yale 1775; 11 ch. Their 
daughter, Sarah Potter Williams, b. 1782, gave his first lesson in 
the spelling book to Dr. Henry Bond, the comjiiler of that 
remarkable work, the Genealogies and History of Watertown. 

429. ix. Job, b. Oct. 22, 1729; gr. Harvard College, 1758; d. unm. June 13, 

1761. He was the second of the name to graduate at Harvard, 
and died three years later. Every member of his class, except- 
ing himself, was present at commencement to take the degree of 
A. M., and it is the only class of which every surviving member 
has been present in person to take the second degree. Before 
graduating he "supplied ye desk" for several months on the 
south side of the river (Brighton). At the time of his death, he 
was about preaching as a candidate at Marblehead, to be col- 
league with Rev. Johii Barnard. In his will, 1761, he mentions 
his cousin, Silas Whitney. 

430. X. Abigail, b. May 13, 1731 ; m. Samuel Austin; his second wife. She 

d. s. p. He and his brother, Benjamin Austin, were of the 
leading merchants of Boston, who first opposed the aggressions 
of the Crown. She d. s. p., 1793. 

431. xi. Benjamin, b. May 9, 1732; d. Mar. 22, 1751. 

432. xii. George, b. Mar. 22, 1733; d. Dec. 26, 1751. 


433. xiii. Samuel, b. Sept. 5, 1734; m. Abigail Cutler. 

434. xiv. Ann, b. Oct. 23, 1736; m. Dec. 22, 1761, William Bowes, of Boston. 

She d. s. p. Jan. 2, 1762. He was b. Dec. 3, 1734, and d. at London, 
Eng., Apr., 1805; he m. for second wife Mary Stoddard, and had 
several children. 

125. Nathan Whitney (Thomas, Thomas, John), b. Nov. 18, 1689; m. Nov. 18' 

1719, Mary Holman, dau. of Jeremiah and Abigail. 

He made his will in 1755, and it was proved in 1761. 
The following is from the Probate Records at Cambridge, Mass.: 
To the Honnarble Samuel Danforth Esq Sr this is to in form you Honner that I 
Have lesed out my plas this yer for my support But my son Nathan who is excuter 
with me on his Fathers will Hath melisted the man that Had the les stoped His teem 
abused the man I will inform your Honner that I have not Bin well so that I have 
Not acomplished my my Besness so as to com Down my self But I Hop to com 

Ps I am a por wido 
an very Nevetus Her 

Mary X Whitney 
May ye 17th 1763 
Mr Samuel Danforth Esq sr Sir as to the complaint my mother sent to you 
Honour conserning my hindering ye man she had lessed her place fo the peace he 
was to work on was in mine and as I had orders from your honour and ye superiur 
court I think I had aright to hinder any man from improveing ye whole of ye Land 
this year to keep me out of more then twenty pounds Lawfell and a nother year 

Besides Sundery other Debts however Sir 1 must leve this to your honour 

not as to my abuse to him I think I have as 

much Cause to Come plain of their abuse to me for I Desired he would not go on till 
their was some thing agreed on or some farther orders about it )ie said he would go 
on afraul me and if I would not go off ye Land he would knock me Down and turned 
the But of his stick & struck at me sundry times & mother & ye widow Azubah 
Whitney Came Railing and thretning me and John warner still thretning to knock 
me Down sprang and took up a stone I Beleve to ye value of three or four pounds 
weight at Least and I sprang at him to prevent him from hurting me with it and he 
Closed in with me and strove to fling me Down But I flang him Down and mother 
and Azubah Cryed murder with all their mights and Came Reuling and threatning 
me mother with apole at ye Least six or seven feete Long Crying you lode I will 
knock your Brains out thus 1 was surrounded by these three and I told him I cauld 
hold him as Long as I pleased and I would hold him till he would promiss to I to be 
peacable and then he might Get up as soon as he would and I never struck nor 
thretned to strike him or hurt him in any manner what soever and as to mother 
haveing any thing to do as Executor on the will 1 would Desire your Honour to look 
op the papers shee sent to your honour that is in ye Regesters office in ye will, and 
it may perhaps give you satsfaction so Desiering truth and justice may take ptach in 
all thmgs I subscribe your most humble servant 

Nathan Whitney 
He d. in 1761; res. Stow, Mass. 

Nathan, b. Mar. 6, 1723; m. Tabitha Barnett. 

Mary, b. June 4, 1727; m. Priest. 

Jeremiah, b. Apr. 1, 1729; m. Elizabeth and Azabah . 

Phebe, b. ; m. June 28, 1749, John Warner, Jr., of Harvard; 

res. Harvard, Mass. Ch.: Abigail, b. Julv 4, 175U; Sarah, b. 
June 7, 1753; Phebe, b. Feb. 18, 1754; Pers'is, b. Mar. 19, 17.S7; 
Nabby, b. July 16, 1759; John, b. Mar. 16, 1762; David, b. 
Nov. 3, 1766. 

439. V. Eunice, b. ; m. May 29, 1751, Moses Warner, of Harvard. 

131. Thomas Whitney (Eleazer, Thomas, John), bap. Jan. 28, 1699; m. July 1, 

1720, Hannah Smith. 

He was a farmer. The inventory of his estate was made May 8, 1748. He d. in 
1748; res. Shrewsbury and Marlboro, Mass. 

440. i. Eleazer, b. Nov. 30, 1720; d. 1738. 

441. ii. Thomas, b. Sept. 2, 1722; m. Anna Gould. 

442. iii. Hannah, b. July 17, 1724; m. Eben Sanderson. 

443. iv. Nathan, b. Mar. 3, 1726. 









444. V. Joshua, b. May 14, 1728. 

445. vi. Susanna, b. May 17, 1729. 

135. Eleazer Whitney (Eleazer, Thomas, John), bap. Apr. 15, 1702; m. Nov. 
9, 1743, Mary Grow; d. .Sept. 4, 1761. 

Eleazer was born in Watertown, and resided in that part of Marlboro subse- 
quently incorporated as Westboro. The inventory of his estate was made Dec. 
11, 1760. The estate was settled, according to Worcester Probate Records, Oct. 
24, 1767. He d. Sept. 14, 1758; res. Marlboro and Westboro, Mass. 


Mary, b. Sept. 18, 1744; m. 





Samuel, b. Dec. 2, 1746; m. Levinah Bigelow. 
Deborah, b. Jan. 30, 1749; d. Sept. 10, 1750. • 
Alexander, b. July 2, 1751; m. Lois Carroll. 
Joshua, b. Apr. 26, 1754; m. Betty Wood. 
Hannah, b. June, 1757. 

136. Elnathan Whitney (Eleazer, Thomas, John), b. May 5, 1705; m. in Rox- 
bury Sept. 24, 1728, Sarah Perry, b. 1702; d. Oct. 22, 1756. He d. Apr. 18, 1759; res 
Waltham, Mass. 

Elnathan, b. Mar. 8, 1729; d. young. 

John, b. Mar. 3, 1730; m. May 31, 1753, Mary Benjamin, b. Feb 
16, 1734; res. Watertown, Mass. 

Aaron, b. July 15, 1734; m. Margaret . 

Samuel, b. June 16, 1736; d. young 











459. viii. 

Ebenezer, b. Mar. 9, 1738; m. Abigail Brown. 

Elnathan, b. Mar. 28, 1741; m. Lucy Allen. 

Sarah, b. Feb. 13, 1745. She prob. never m.; in 1766 she res. in 

Uxbridge with her bro. Aaron, and at that time was single. 
Samuel, b. Dec. 28, 1751. 

137. Tames Whitney (Eleazer, Thomas, John), bap. June 1, 1708; m. Nov. 8' 
1722, Mercy Flagg, b. May 13, 1702; res. Watertown, Mass. 

Mercy, b. Sept. 5, 1723. 
Abigail, b. Mar. 17, 1725. 
Lydia, bap. Mar. 30, 1729. 
Allen, b. Oct. 19, 1731; d. 1736. 
Eunice, b. Mar. 3, 1734; d. 1736. 
Eunice, b. Jan. 9, 1737; d. 1740. 
Allen, b. May, 1740; d. Dec, 1740. 

James, b. Oct. 26, 1743. He served as corporal in the Revolution- 
ary war in a Marlborough company. 

138. Jonas Whitney (Eleazer, Thomas, John),b. 1709; bap. July 14,1723, ae. 15; 
m. in Roxbury May 8, 1735, Sarah Perry, both of Roxbury; res. Roxbury, Mass. 



















Isaac, b. Apr. 11, 1736; d. Jan. 4, 1777. 

Jacob, b. July 24, 1737; m. Rachel Whiting. 

Jonas, b. Nov. 28, 1739. 

Sarah, b. Feb. 26, 1741; m. 1775, NehemiahWard. She d. Sept. 

28, 1824. 

Abner, b. Nov. 17, 1744; m. . 

Desire, b. Oct. 31, 1749; m. 1769, Edward Ward. She d. June 

23, 1778. 

140. Isaiah Whitney (Isaiah, Thomas, John), b. Cambridge, Mass., June 1, 
1700; m. 1730, in Harvard, Elizabeth Whitney. She lived to be 106 years of age. He 
was born in Cambridge farms, Lexington, Mass., in 1700, and soon after marriage 
moved to Harvard, where he purchased land of Caleb Sawyer on Bare Hill in 1722, 
where he followed his trade, that of blacksmithing. He joined the Harvard church 
in 1733, and his wife the following year He died intestate in 1737. The inventory 
of his estate was made Sept. 5, 1737, by Jonathan Whitney and others. 

A warrant calling a town-meeting on Monday, the eighteenth day of May, 1730, 
discloses the ambition of the villagers at Bare Hill, an article in it being: 

Also to Consider Conclude and act what may then be thought ])roper to be done 
in Setting off a part of ye Town of Lancaster by meets and bounds or by allowing a 
dividing line to be made, begining at the Southern end of ye Causey near to the 
House of Samuel Wilson and Run West northwest to ve west line of Lancaster Old 


Township, or so much Land lying on ye northerly side of sd Causey as maybe Judged 
soficient for to make a Township with that part of Stow and Groton whose inhab- 
itants have agread and Covenanted with the petitioners: 

Among the petitioners are Isaiah Whitney, John Whitney and Jonathan 

He d. Aug. 9, 1737; res. Harvard, Mass. 

474. i. Betty, b. Jan. 3, 1733; m. prob. Dec. 15, 1774, Thomas Atherton of 


475. ii. Isaiah, b. Nov. 28, 1735; m. Persis Randall. 

143. Dr. Elijah Whitney (Isaiah, Thomas, John), b. Lexington, Mass., Apr. 
3, 1707; m. Dec. 8, 1736, Rebecca Winship, b. Dec. 7, 1717. She m. 2d in Harvard, 
Jan. 25, 1764, Dea. Joshua Whitney, of Stow. Inventory of his estate was made Apr. 
25,1755. The estate was divided Dec. 31, 1770. 

He signed the first church covenant in 1733. The farm of Elijah Whitney was 
located from land rights purchased before the incorporation of Harvard. His son 
Israel succeeded to the homestead, and was followed by Luther and Luke. It is now 
owned by Michael Sweeny. The first dwelling here probably stood in the orchard 
opposite the present house. This property Elijah purchased of James Atherton. He 
died Feb. 19, 1754; res. Harvard, Mass. 

476. i. Mary, b. June 26, 1738; m. Mar. 17, 1759, Micah Stone in Har- 

vard. He was b. Apr. 10, 1735; res. Harvard. Ch.: Solomon, b. 
Mar. 22, 1761; Mary, b. Aug. 7, 1762; Micah, b. Aug. 13, 1764. 

477. ii. Elias, b. June 11, 1740; d. Apr. 12, 1755. 

478. iii. Rebecca, b. May 24, 1743; m. Sept. 19, 1759, Paul Whitcomb, of 


479. iv. Lydia, b. May 7, 1746; m. Feb. 27, 1769, in Bolton, Phinehas War- 

ner, of Harvard. He was b. July 27, 1740; res. Harvard. Ch.: 
Rebecca, b. Dec. 24, 1769; Israel, b. Nov. 17, 1771; Ephraim, b, 
Apr. 16, 1774; Lydia, b. Oct. 19, 1775; Aaron, b. Oct. 2, 1780. 

Israel, b. Dec. 29, 1748; d. Jan. 9, 1749. 

Israel, b. June 22, 1751; m. Hannah Mead. 

Elijah, b. July 8, 1755 (Posthumous); m . 

145. Jonas Whitney (Isaiah, Thomas, John), b. Cambridge, Mass., Nov. 27, 
1711; m. . 

He went with his brother Isaiah, Jr., from Lexington, Mass., Cambridge farms, to 
Harvard, probably then called Stow (leg) and buying a farm of 200 acres or so, accord- 
ing to tradition, which is supported by facts. He was a blacksmith and had a shop 
on the old farm; later he went to the center of the town and set up business there on 
his own account, and was there when the town was incorporated in 1732. He was 
admitted to the church when it was organized and was a respected citizen. The 
geography of Stow offers some difficulties to the correct understanding of records 
and traditions. Some of the Whitneys moved from Stow to Harvard without leav- 
ing their farms. 

He signed the first church covenant in 1733. 

146. Abraham W^hitney (Isaiah, Thomas, John), bap. Lexington, Mass., 
Feb. 19, 1710; m. Jan. 18, 1737, Sarah Whitney, of Lancaster, dau. of John and Eliza- 
beth (Lee) b., Oct. 2, 1716, d. July 4, 1800. 

Abraham Whitney's farm was directly north of Elijah's and was, like his, 
chiefly from the James Atherton estate. Abraham Whitney senior bought lands 
here of Joseph Kent in 1743, and built on the opposite side of the highway from the 
house now owned by Thomas Mongovin, where traces of his dwelling can be seen. 
The house, now the home of Cephas Bowers, was built by Abraham Whitney, Jr., 
in Revolutionary days. 

In seating the meeting house in Harvard in 1766, Abraham Whitney was given the 
second seat below. He d. May 19, 1784; res. Harvard, Mass. 

■"" ■ Elizabeth, b. Mar. 22, 1739; d. Aug. 11, 1739. 

Sarah, b. May 16, 1740; d. Dec. 26, 1746. 

Elizabeth, b. Apr. 16, 1742. 

Mary, b. Sept. 16, 1744. 

John, b. Oct. 3, 1746; m. Sarah Atherton. 

Abraham, b. Dec. 20, 1748; m. Rebecca Dudley. 

Isaiah, b. Oct. 6, 1751 ; m. Sarah . 





















490. viii. Elijah, b. Feb. 15, 1754; m. Sarah Stearnes. 

491. ix. Ann, b. May 2, 1760. 

151. Shadrach Whitney (Jonathan, Jonathan, John), b. Oct. 12, 1698; m. Jan, 
5, 1731, Mrs. Prudence Laurence, wid. of Thomas. She d. Dec. 25, 1762. 

Shadrach Whitney, son of Jonathan Whitney, and brother of Amos, the giver of 
the Townsend parsonage, was born in Watertown, in 1698. He was in Townsend 
before it was chartered, in 1732. The Groton records contain his marriage: "Jan. 5, 
1731-2, Shadrach Whitney, of ye North Town to Prudence Lawrence." He was 
rather a prominent man, and served in several committees, ajipointed by the projjri- 
etors, to lay out and apportion the undivided lands equally among them. He lived 
in that part of the town, which was left in Mason, by the running of the Province 
line. It appears that in 1753 he had "a house and barn, and about twenty acres 
cleared and fenced, and a young orchard," in that town. He owned lands in Mason, 
Townsend and Groton. In Aug., 1733, the Townsend proprietors held a meeting "at 
ve publick meeting house," the principal object of which was "to see if ye said pro- 
jirietors think it convenient to grant a recompense (to Ephraim Sawtell) for any land 
which may be flowed by erecting a dam upon Squannacook river, near ye house of 
John Patt in order to sett upp mills for the benefit of said Proprietors." A grant of 
land was awarded to said Sawtell at that meeting. The following record in connec- 
tion with that vote is here presented: 

"The Subfcriberf whofe namef are underwritten (being diffatisfied with the 
Vote of ye Proprietorf in granting an Equivolent for Landf which may be flowed of 
afore Said) have Decented againft ye proceedingf of faid vote. Ebenezer Wyman, 
Samuel Kendall, Amos Whitney, Jasher Wyman, Shadrach Whitney. 

Atteft: Jasher Wyman, Proprietor's Clerk." 

Some time in the latter part of his life he moved from Mason to Groton, where, 
on the 20th of July, 1764, he made his will, which was proved, approved, and allowed 
on the 14th of the following August. After making several bequests to relatives and 
friends, he gave the town of Groton forty pounds, to be put upon interest "in such 
a way and manner as they shall think fit, so that the interest thereof may be 
improved and applied to the support of the ordained minister of the town of Groton, 
from time to time, forever hereafter." 

The Whitneys, from that time to the present, have been noted for their liberal 
donations, both to religious and scientific objects. As in the flowage case cited, they 
have always done their own thinking, and were always ready to place themselves 
squarely on record. 

He d. July, 1764, s. p. His will is dated July 20, and is proved Aug. 14, 1764. 
Both are buried in the old burying ground in Groton; res. Townsend, Mass. 

154. Zaccheus Whitney (Jonathan, Jonathan, John), b. in Sudbury Nov. 16, 
1707; m. in Concord, May 23, 1734, Mary Wheeler. 

In 1725, when but 18 years of age, with his brother Isaac he enlisted and served 
in the Colonial militia, and took part in many of the skirmishes and battles with the 
Indians. He was left in 1725 at the fort in Ossipee ("the river of the pines") by Capt. 
John Lovewell. He was probably killed by the Indians. All the earlier historians 
erroneously refer to him as " Zachariah of Concord." 

His will was made in 1730; his brother, Shadrach, was executor. He was a glazier 
by trade, and at his decease owned lands in Township No. 3, on the easterly side of 
Conn river. He d. in 1739; res. Bedford, Mass. 

492. i. Zaccheus, b. . 

493. ii. Jonathan, b. 1736; m. Mary Wyman and Lucy Smith. 

157. Timothy Whitney (Jonathan, Jonathan, John), b. Feb. 20, 1709; m. May 
24, 1738, Submit Parker. She m. 2d June 11, 1741, Reuben Woods, of Groton. He 
d. 1740; res. Townsend and Groton, Mass. 

494. i. Sybil Whitney, b. Mar. 31, 1739; m. Peter Gilson and Oliver 


158. Daniel Whitney (Jonathan, Jonathan, John), b. 1710; m. Mar., 1739, 
Thankful Allen, dau. of Elnathan and Mercy (Rice) Allen; b. Dec. 1, 1713, in Sudbury, 

He was born in Sudbury, but married his wife in Shrewsbury. He resided on 
the Bannister farm in the north precinct. Was highway surveyor in 1760. Res. 
Shrewsbury, Mass. 

495. i. Levi, b. Dec. 5, 1739; m. Rebecca Clark and Mrs. Lydia (Randall) 








Timothy, b. Oct. 25, 1743; m. Catherine Davenport. 

Daniel, b. Sept. 4, 1746; m. Catherine Stone. 

Sarah, b. Sept. 9, 1749; m. Dec. 17, 1769, Nathan Bannister, of 
Brookfield and Shrewsbury. He was the s. of Joseph, of Brook- 
field, and res. in the s. w. part of now Boylston, on the farm that 
was previously her father, Whitney's, where he d. Aug., 1^25, ae. 
78. His wife d. June, 1817; ae. 68. Ch.: Joseph, b. Oct. 18, 1770; 
m. Elizabeth Stone, and d. in N. J.; Thankful, b. Mar. 28, 1773; 
m. Thos. H:>rlow; Nathan, b. Jan. 7, 1775; m. Sarah Champney; 
rem. to Southboro; Daniel, b. Feb. 13, 1777; m. Anna Drury; 
rem. to Gardner; Sarah, b. Nov. 20, 1778; m. Annah Harlow; 
Seth, b. Nov. 3, 1780; m. Mary Hastings; John, b. Sept. 23, 1783; 
ni. Lucy Howe; Luke, b. Mar. 16, 1786; d. 1802; Mary, b. Sept. 
29, 1788; m. Nathan R. Tilton; Emery, b. Sept. 29, 1791; m. 
Lucy Drury and Melinda Drury. 

160. Dea. James Whitney (John, Jonathan, John), b. in Framingham, Dec. 
28, 1692; m. Feb. 2, 1715, Martha Rice, b. Sudbury, abt. 1692; m. 2d, 1732, Mrs. 
Elizabeth (Holbrook) Twitchell, wid. of Joseph, Jr.,' of Sherborn, b. July 22, 1696; 
d. Mar. 31, 1782. He was admitted to the church Sept. 22, 1717. They were dis- 
missed to the Sherborn church Mar. 28, 1728, where he was chosen deacon and 
died. He d. Apr. 10, 1770; res. Framingham and Sherborn, Mass. 

499. i. John. b. Apr. 10, 1716; m. Feb. 8, 1738, Abigail Perry, of Sher- 
born. He d. in Fram. in 1741; his will is dated Oct. 31, s. p. 
He was a yeoman. 
James, b. June 4, 1718; m. Patience Leland, 
Mary, b. May 12, 1720. 
Martha, b. Nov. 9, 1721. 
Benjamin, b. Jan. 13, 1723; d. young. 
Micah, b. June 4, 1725; m. Lydia Mason. 
Benjamin, b. Oct. 23, 1727; m. Esther Leland. 

Ezra, b. Feb. 22, 1730; m. Agnes Ross, Elizabeth , and 

Mercy Morse. 
507. ix. Daniel, b. Dec. 13, 1733; m. Miriam Leland. 

165. JosiAH Whitney (Josiah, Jonathan, John), b. 1698; m. in Weston, Feb. 28, 
1725, Elizabeth Grant, of Concord; d. in Conn.; m. 2d, 1737, Mehitable Fuller. She 
d. and he m. 3d, Feb., 1759, Lydia Ballard. 

Josiah Whitney was born in Groton, and resided in the southwest part of 
Chelmsford. This town was at one time next to Groton. In 1713 he resided in that 
part of Chelmsford which was annexed to Littleton. At the death of his father, in 

1718, he petitioned the probate court to have his uncle John, of Wrentham, formerly of 
Sherborn, fuller, appointed his guardian. In 1727 he was one of the original mem- 
bers of the church in Westford, having been a member of the first church in Chelms- 
ford. In 1729 he moved to Willington, Conn., where he afterward res'ded. He pur- 
chased his farm in the latter place of John Arnold, of Mansfield, Conn., for i^l55 
N. E. currency. At this time he was called "Josiah Whittnie, of Cherfford (Chelms- 
ford), in the Co. of Middlesex, in the province of the Massachusetts Bay." The 
deed was dated June 27, 1729. He was living in Bolton, Conn., late in life. 

Mehitable Fuller was the daughter of Thomas, and was b. at Xeedham, Mass., 
Apr. 20, 1720. Tohmas, the father, was b. at Dedham, Feb. 28, 1689; m. Mar. 26, 

1719, Mehitable Herring, b. Oct. 18, 1797; d. at Willington, Conn., Oct. 17, 1754. He 
was a weaver and resided at Needham until 1732, when he sold, Apr. 18, of that year, 
his homestead of "forty acres of land near Natick upon a plain called Natick 
Plain," and removed to Willington, Conn., where his brother. Rev. Daniel, was 
settled over the Congregational church. He purchased a large estate at Willington, 
a part of which was set off from Ashford. In his will, probated at Hartford, he 
mentions sons, David and Solomon, and daughters, Mehitable Whitney, Esther and 
Sarah. Probably Sarah was the widow of his son Thomas. The following from the 
church records of Needham are of interest: 

" Mar. 26, 1732. Daniel and Thomas, sons, and Mehitobel and Esther, daus. of 
Thomas Fuller and Mehitobel, his wife, our sister baptized. June 4, 1732 Sister 
Mehitobel Fuller was dismissed and recommended unto the Church of Christ in 
Wilmington in Conn." ^ 

He d. June 26,1783; res. Chelmsford, Littleton, Westford, and \\ r'entham, Mass., 
and Willington and Bolton, Conn. 












































Elizabeth, bap. July 13, 1735. 

Phinehas, bap. May 11, 1740. 

Peter, b. Apr. 10, 1738; m. Mercy Case. 

JosiAH. b. May 26, 1740. He was a soldier in the last French war, 

and is said to have died in the service. 
Thomas, b. May 7, 1742. Same as Josiah. 
Miriam, b. May 31, 1744. 
Esther, b. May 6, 1746. 
Keziah, b. Aug. 24, 1749; d. infancy. 
Keziah, b. Apr. 4, 1751. 
Mehitable, b. July 3, 1755; prob. d. young. 
LvDiA, b. Jan, 22, 1760; d. May 26, 1780. 
Mehitable, b. July 6, 1761. 
xiii. JosiAH, b. Nov. 16, 1764; m. Mary Loomis. 
Sarah, b. Apr. 14, 1766; d. Nov. 1, 1782. 

166. Jonathan Whitney (Josiah, Jonathan, John), b. 1704. He was the largest 
:Subscriber to Prince's Chronology, 24 copies; inventory, ^^87-11-1,''^. He left wid. 
(name not given.) His father died in 1718, when he was but 14 years of age, and he 
made application to the probate court to have his uncle Benjamin appointed his 
guardian. Ebenezer Mann was administrator of his estate in 1770. His estate was 
settled in 1768. Left a widow, name not given. He d. 1768; res. Wrentham, Mass. 

169. Joseph Whitney (Joseph, Jonathan, John), b. prob. in Chelmsford, Mass., 
1710; m. in Groton, Dec. 6, 1737, Abigail Nutting, b. Groton, Feb. 8, 1717. 

He was probably born in Chelmsford and was of Groton when married, and may 
have resided in that part of the town known as the second precinct, which in 1753 
•was set off and incorporated under the name of Pepperell. His three first childrens 
births are recorded in Groton. In 1740 his father, Joseph, of Chelmsford, deeded him 
SL farm in Pepperell, which was in the family for over 100 years. Pepperell was set 
off as a distinct parish from Groton in 1742, and called "Groton West Parish." The 
first legal meeting of the inhabitants there was held on the 17th of January, of that 
year. Joseph Whitney was elected one of the selectmen at that time. He kept a 
public house and was called " Inholder." He d. Nov. 12, 1786, ae. 81; res. Groton 
^nd Pepperell. Mass. 

ABIGAIL, b. P. Aug. 16, 1740; m. Dec. 12, 175t», Zaccheus Farns- 

worth, of P. 
Benjamin, b. Oct. 27, 1741 ; m. Mary Turner, Rebecca Fitch, Olive 

Farnsworth,and Anna Woods. 
Lydia, b. P. Aug. 10, 1743; m. Sept. 2, 1766, Stephen Pierce. 
Maria, b. May 30, 1746. 
Sybil, b. Dec. 25, 1748; m. at Groton, Aug. 14, 1771, Stephen 

Lund, of New Ipswich. 
Rebecca, b. Mar. 6, 1750. 
Joseph, b. June 26, 1753; d. Jan. 28, 1754. 
Joseph, b. Oct. 20, 1755; m. Mary Woods. 
James, b. Dec. 6, 1767; m. . 

171. Ensign James Whitney (Joseph, Jonathan, John), b. Pepperell, Mass., in 
1714; m. Ellenor . 

Ensign James Whitney's heirs, late of Dunstable, Mass., signed an agreement in 
1772, as per record in the Middlesex county probate court, and those mentioned were 
James and Benjamin, of IJunstable, Ellenor, who had married Francis Pollard, John 
and Jonathan Whitney, of Jaffrey, N. H., Elizabeth, wife of Phineas Bennett, and 
Lucy, wife of James Bancroft. James' estate was settled in 1757. He was called 
*' Gentleman " and " Ensign." Joseph Whitney, of Pepperell, inholder, his " brother," 
was administrator. 

Dunstable was originally a part of Groton; for fifty years was a frontier settle- 
ment, and suffered much from incursions of the Indians.* In 1724 eleven men pur- 
suing them were waylaid, and all except Josiah Farwell killed. In May, 1725, the 
celebrated John Lovewell, with a company of forty-six volunteers, set out for the 

*Froin the early settlement of New Hampshire, Dunstable was a very large territory, as most 
towns were in those days; Dunstable embraced Nashiia, Tyngsborough, a part of the towns of 
Groton, Townsend, Hollis, Brookline, Milford, Hudson, parts of Amherst, Merrimack, Litchfield, 
and sections of ^ler towns in New Hampshire. The compiler of that book says: More romance 
-of history clusters around this locality than attaches to most others in the state, filling with poetry 
-the memory of those days of war's alarms. 




















enemy. He came up with them at Fryeburg, Me., and all but ten of his men were 
killed. The force or the Indians was broken and Paugus, their leader, slain. The 
gallant Lovewell fell, and the survivors, after great suffering, found their way back 
to the settlement. 

About 1734 a party of men from Dunstable, Mass., went out on a hunting expe- 
dition and fell into the hands of the Ind ans. One of the party, Whitney*, escaped, 
though badly wounded. He was too weak to think of returning home alone through 
the trackless and unpeopled forest, so he built himself a hut of logs, bark and 
branches of trees, and there passed the winter, subsisting chiefly on roots and cran- 
berries. In the spring another party went out to find and bury the dead, and came 
to this hut which they supposed to be that of an Indian. As they approached they 
saw something stir within it. One of the party, Timothy Reed, discharged his mus- 
ket, and to his inexpressible horror found that he had killed one of his neighbors. 
His sorrow followed him to the grave. Whitney was just preparing to return home, 
having survived his wounds and all the perils and hardships of a winter in the wil- 
derness. [Hist, Dunstable, Mass., p. 57, and Dunstable, N. H., p. 184.] 

The two histories above cited do not give Whitney's christian name. The tradi- 
tion in the family is that local histories give some facts of the shooting, and that it 
occurred on the shore of a lake in Maine, which is to this day called Whitney's Pond. 
The History of Temple, N. H., says: " Mr. W^hitney went from Dunstable to the 
Saco river just before Quebec was taken by the English. He was killed by Indians 
and buried at Temple, N. H." 

He d. 1755; res. Dunstable, Mass. and N. H. 

Ellenor, b. July 2o, 1740; m. Francis Pollard, of Dunstable, N. H. 
James, b. Nov. 4, 1742; m. Sarah Lund. 
John, b. Aug. 15, 1745; m. Mary Jones. 
Jonathan, b. Aug. 15, 1745; m. Abigail Hemenway. 
Elizabeth, b. May 21, 1748; m. Phinehas Bennett, of Cocker- 
mouth, Cheshire Co., N. H.; res. Rindge, N. H. They had a son 

James. (Did Elizabeth m. H. Butterick.) 

586. vi. Lucy, b. Jan. 5, 1755; m. James Bancroft, of Packersfield, N. H.; 
res. Rockingham, Vt. 

174. W^iLLiAM Whitney (William, Joshua, John), b. Groton, Mass., May 5, 
1701; m. at Killingly, Conn., July 16, 1728, Mary Whittemore. 

He was born in Groton, Mass., and removed to Connecticut with his parents when 
quite young. Settling in Killingly he resided there until after his marriage, when he 
moved to Canaan, not far from 1753. He was a cooper by trade, but followed farm- 
ing nearly all the latter part of his life. While residing in Killingly, in 1728, he was 
elected a member of first board of surveyors. Res. Killingly and Canaan, Conn. 

687. i. William, b. Feb. 5, 1725; m. Arcoucher Dutcher and Jane » 

638. ii. Tho.mas, b. Feb. 28, 1727; m. Elizabeth Boardman. 

639. iii. Abigail, b. July 4, 1741. 

176. Joshua Whitney (William, Joshua, John), b. Groton, Mass., Nov. 1, 1714; 
m., Plainfield, to Amy Blodgett. He d. ; res. Plainfield, Conn. 

540. i. Joshua, b. Mar. 26, 1750; m. Sally Cochran. 

541. ii. Benjamin, b. Oct. 1755; m. Sarah Bassett. 

542. iii. Probably others. 

177. Dea. John Whitney (William, Joshua, John), b. prob. in Groton, Jan. 30, 
1717-18; m. Elizabeth ; b. in 1719; d. May 14, 1790. 

He was probably born in Groton, Mass., though his will is recorded at Plainfield, 
Conn., to which place his parents had removed when he was quite small. After his 
marriage he moved to Canaan, where he was a prominent citizen and farmer. He 
was a leading member of the Congregational church, and for some years, until his 
death, was deacon of the same. He was buried in South Canaan, and his estate was 
settled Jan. 8, 1794, by agreement of his four children. He d. Nov. 18, 1793; res. 
Canaan, Conn. 

Elijah, b. ; m. Cloe Beckley. 

John, b. in 1754; m. . 

Betsey, b. ; m. Azariah Smith; res. C. 

Ruby, b. ; m. Solomon Hunt; res. C. 

*At this time he resided in Trbat is now the southerly part of Nashua, near Long Hill. 











179. Caleb Whitney (William, Joshua, John), b. Plainfield, Conn., Sept. 10, 

1721; m. Margaret . He d. ; res. Norwich and Middletown, Conn., and 

Pottsville, Pa. 










Lebbeus, b. Aug. 21, 1745; m. Mary Ann . 

WiLLiAM.b. Aug. 8, 1747. In 1815 he was residing near Albany, 

N. Y. 
Margaret, b. Feb. 22, 1750. 
Jedediah, b. Nov. 13, 1751. He was a goldsmith and killed in 

battle Aug. 23, 1778. In a small volume of the Children's Bible, 

pub. London, 1759, the property of Edith M. DeLorne, of 

Sumter, S. C, is the followmg: 

" Peggy Whitney, her Bible, given her by her grandfather, Caleb 

Whitney, and grandmother, Margaret Whitney, July 29, 1783. 
■ This book we gave to our son Jedediah, who was slain in battle, 

Aug. 28, 1783, a goldsmith by trade, in the 25th year of his age." 
Mary, b. Oct. 12, 1753; d. May 13, 1779. 
John Merrick, b. July 18, 1758; m.- 

James Rex, b. Oct. 16, 1760; m. Mary Allen. 

182. Matthias Whitney (Cornelius, Joshua, John), b. Groton, Mass., May 26, 
1720; m. Alice 

He d. in K.; res. Killingly, Conn. 
5.54. i. Mary, b. Apr. 19, 1743. 
655. ii. Asa, b. Feb. 19, 1745; res. Winsor Co., Conn. 

556. lii. Matthias, b. Feb. 22, 1746; m. \'aughn; res. Hancock, 

Mass., and Fort Avon, N. Y. 
Cornelius, b. July 5, 1749; m. — Graves and Elizabeth May. 








Joshua, b. Nov. 23, 1751; m. Lydia Bu Day. 

Alice, b. Mar. 20, 1753; m. Noah Day, and res. in Granville, N. Y. 

David, b. May 3, 1764; m. Olive Day and Mary Glassford, 

Samuel, b. Jan. 2, 1757; m. Tabitha Warren. 

John, b. Mar. 27, 1759. 

Jonathan, b. Nov. 28, 1761. 

184. Joshua Whitney (Cornelius, Joshua, John), b. Killingly, Conn., Dec. 1, 

1724; m. 






He d. in 1814; res. Killingly, Conn., and Hancock, Mass. 
Cornelius, b. in 1761; m. Sarah Cody. 
Joseph, b. in 1753; m. Anna Eames. 

Matthias, b. Apr. 19, 1757; m. Dorcas and Olive . 

Isaac, b. — ; m. and had 4 ch.: Rosa, Isaac, Phebe, and 


RuFUS, b. ; m. Sarah Graves. 

Joshua, b. in 1769; m. Phebe Parker. 
Joanna, b. . 

188. David Whitney (David, Joshua, John), b. Sept. 16, 1716; m. in Canaan,. 
Conn., Sept. 23, 1739, Mary Gunn. 

He was born in Canaan and at his father's death was given property. Moving 
to New Haven in 1756 he resided there until 1762, and perhaps afterward. His ear 
mark for domestic animals was recorded there Oct. 25, 1757. He died in Vermont. 
David Whitney of Canaan, Conn., who was brother of Solomon Whitney, was. 
proprietor of Poultney, \'t., and both were proprietors clerks of meetings held in 
1761. [See History of'Poultney.] 

res. Canaan and New Haven, Conn., and Poultney, Vt. 

Mary, b. July 16, 1740. 

Easter, b. Mar. 5, 1743. 

Elizabeth, b. Feb. 26, 1746. 

Sarah, b. Apr. 30, 1748; m. Mar 7, 1773, Joel Holcomb, Jr. ^ 

jACOB,b. Apr. 13, 1750. ■ 

KEZiA,b. Feb. 21, 1752. 

Lois, b. Dec. 25, 1756. 

Emelia, b. Feb. 18, 1759. 

Cloise, b. Feb. 18, 17.59. 

David, b. Nov. 22, 1762. 

189. Joshua Whitney (David, Joshua, John), b. Plainfield, Conn., Oct. 11, 
1718; m. Apr. 8, 1743, Ann Blodgett. She m. 2d. Capt. Isaac Laurence, who d. 

Hed. - 




















Dec. 2, 1793; she then m. 3d, George Palmer, of Stillwater, N. Y., and d. at 
Canaan, Conn., in 1819, ae. 96. "Joshua Whitney, Esq., died of ye smallpox." 

He was born in Groton, Mass., and removed to Plainfield, Conn., with his 
parents, where he resided until his removal to Preston, Conn. The tradition in 
the family is that he was a soldier in the French and Indian war, and that about 
1769 he was killed by Indians near Oswego, N. Y. Feb. 17, 1759, he was dead, for 
at that time his son Joshua chose Col. David Whitney, of Canaan, as his guardian. 
He d. Feb. 10, 1761; res. Preston, Conn. 

581. i. Abigail, b. ; m. Sept. 10, 1757, Eliphalet Jewell, of Salis- 


582. ii. Mary, b. ; m. May 7, 1767, Lemuel Kingsbury, of Canaan; 

son Joshua b. Feb. 13, 1768. 

583. iii. Joshua, b. Jan. 16, 1745; m. Anna Ashley. 

584. iv. Asa, b. in 1743; m. Sarah and Hepsabeth Watrous. 

585. V. JosiAH, b. ; m. and Susannah Hinds. 

586. vi. David, b. in 1755; m. , , and 3d, Eliza Wilson. 

587. vii. Amey, b, ; she m. and left des. in Canaan, Conn. One of 

her gr. daus. m. — Bronson; res E. Canaan, Corm. 

588. viii. Huldah, b. . 

194. Rev. Josiah Whitney (David, Joshua, John), b. Plainfield, Conn., Aug. 
11,1731; m. Sept. 1, 1756, Lois Breck, b. Dec. 11, 1738; d. Oct. 27, 1789. She was dau. 
of Rev. Robert, who gr. H. C. 1730; m. M., Oct. 25, 1791, Mrs. Anna Chandler, of 
Woodstock (widow of Samuel), who was b. there Dec. 5, 1738, and d. of apoplexy 
Feb, 2, IbOl. 

He was born in Plainfield, Conn., where he was educated at the public schools 
and fitted for college; was graduated at Yale College in the class of 1752, and later 
studied for the ministry. In 1756 he was called to the Congregational church in 
Brooklyn, Conn. The call was unanimous, and the church also unanimously concurred 
in it. His letter of acceptance of the Pomfret pastorate was as follows: 

To the Society of Brooklyn, in Pomfret, Gentlemen: Whereas, on the 17th of 
Nov. last you proceeded to give me a call to settle in the work of the gospel ministry 
with you, and proposed ^120, lawful money, for a settlement, and £Gb, lawful money, 
for a salary, 1 do now hereby accept said proposal, and may the Lord bless us, and 
lead us in the way everlasting. Josiah Whitney. 

Brooklyn, Jan. 7, 1756. 

He continued in this, his only pastorate, for sixty-foui years. In 1802 Harvard 
University conferred the degree of D. D. upon him. Feb. oth of that year he cele- 
brated the fiftieth anniversary of his settlement; at that time only three of the original 
members of 1756 were living; 447 had been added to the church during his ministry, 
and 718 were baptized. 

Mr. Whitney through all his long pastorate held his place in the affection of his 
people and the esteem of all. Though moderate in his doctrinal views and opposed 
to the High Galvanism then coming into fashion, he engaged the respect and con- 
fidence of his brethren in the ministry and maintained strict church and family 
discipline. He commenced his pastorate with the affectionate regard of the fathers, 
and their continued friendship, their cordial and candid acceptance of his labors and 
repeated kindness had continued to make the relation happy. 

In his 94th year he was still erect and vigorous; his eye was not dimmed nor his 
natural force abated. With flowing wig and antique garb he was often seen on the 
street. His face beamed with animated expression, and his playful sallies were tem- 
pered with Christian dignity. As he entered the house of God the congregation rose 
to receive him and remained standing in reverential attitude till he had taken his 

« fatal illness seized him in Sept., 1824, and he passed peacefully away, 
e d. Sept. 13, 1824; res. Pomfret and Brooklyn, Conn. 

Robert Breck, b. Sept. 15, 1757; d. sore throat Dec. 21, 1763. 
Eunice, b. Jan. 22, 1759; d. Sept. 15. 1762. 
George, b. Dec. 9, 1760; d. of smallpox Feb. 18, 1782. 
David, b. Oct. 15, 1762; d. of smallpox Mar. 16, 1782. 
Robert Breck, b. June 18, 1764; d. of consumption Dec. 1, 1785. 
He was a composer and teacher of music. 
594. vi. Eunice, b. Mar. 28, 1766; m. Backus. She d. Mar. 11, 1824. 











595. vii. Lois, b. Mar. 9, 1768 ; m. Baker. She d. at Watertown, N. Y., 

Oct. 29, 1856. She had a son, Josiah B., whose son, Rev. Geo. 
B., was pastor of a Pres. ch. at Detroit, Mich., in 1874. 

596. viii. Abigail, b. June 10, 1772; m. Apr. 5, 1792, Benjamin Wood, of 

Brooklyn; rem. to Litchfield, N. Y., where she d. Apr. 29, 1856. 

597. ix. Sophia, b. July 28, 1774; d. July 27, 1816. 

598. X. Patty, b. Dec.2, 1779; m. Carey, res. Richfield, N. Y. A son, 

Edwin, res. Sauquoit, N. Y. 

599. xi. Elizabeth, b. May 30, 1770. 

195. SOLO.MON Whitney (David, Joshua, John), b. Plainfield, Conn., about 1733.' 
m. at Canaan, Conn., Nov. 27, 1755, Sarah ; d. Apr. 15, 1782. 

Solomon Whitney was born, probably in Plainfield, Conn., in 1733. With his 
parents he moved to Canaan, where he ever after resided. His wife was of Canaan, 
and he lived but seventeen years after marriage. He was interested in the purchase 
of lands in Vermont in 1761, and that year was proprietors' clerk of the new town of 
Poultney, Vt. His sons resided for a time on this property in Vermont. Samuel and 
Tarlaall removed, but Solomon, Jr., always resided upon it. In 1772 his widow Sarah 
was appointed guardian of his three children, and his estate was insolvent. She evi- 
dently married a second time after the death of Solomon, for in the family record 
now in possession of the descendants, it says, "S. S. Roberts, stepfather of Tar- 
ball Whitney," died May 18, 1782. " Sarah Roberts died Apr. 15, 1782." He d. July 
29, 1772; res. Canaan, Conn. 

600. i. Sarah, b. Jan. 18, 1757; m. Pierce. 

601. ii, Samuel, b. June 6, 1759; m. . 

602. iii. Tarball, b. June 30, 1763; m. Mrs. Lois (Lawrence) Hopkins. 

603. iv. Solomon, b. Nov. 15, 1766; m. Polly Marshall. 

197. Dea. Samuel Whitney (John, Benjamin, John), b. York, Me.; m. Lydia 
He was born in York, Me., but early settled in Brunswick, Me. In 1754, 









during the time of the French and Indian war, while engaged in hoeing corn in a 
field with his son Samuel, Jr., they were surprised by the Indians, and before they 
could reach their guns, which were stacked near by, were taken prisoners. The 
father was scalped and the prisoners with others taken to Canada and held for 126 
livres. The father died after three weeks of suffering, and the son after seven years 
of imprisonment managed to escape and return to Maine; res. York and Bruns- 
wick, Me. 

Samuel, b. Sept. 15, 1732; m. Mary . 

Jonathan, b. Dec. 21, 1734; m. Mary Austin. 

Lydia, b. Feb. 20, 1735. 

Susannah, b. July 25, 1738. 

Lettis, b. June 27, 1742. 

198. Benjamin Whitney (John, Benjamin, John), b. May 22, 1725; m* 
Mercy Hinckley, b. Oct. 23, 1734; d. Nov. 13, 1814. He was born in York, Me., and 
settled in Little River, Lisbon, Me. He was part owner of the first grist mill there, 
and during his lifetime was the miller. He served in the Revolutionary war. 
The Benjamin Whitney mentioned above, son of John and Lettis, settled at Little 
River, now Lisbon Falls. His wife was Mercy Hinckley. I have three accounts of 
this couple. One copied from a printed town history gives the births and deaths: 
Benjamin, b. May 22, 1725; d. Nov. 8, 1797; Mercy H., b. Oct. 23, 1734; d. Nov. 13, 
1814. The town clerk at Lisbon Falls, Benjamin's birth (copied) June 2, 1727, but 
Mr. Jacob Whitney, of Lisbon, Me., wrote in 1882, as follows: "There were three 
brothers who came to Brunswick, Me.; one went into the eastern part of the state; one 
settled in Gorham, Me., and the third remained at Brunswick, at a place called New 
Meadows. This last one had a son named Benjamin, my ancestor." He was born 
in 1725, and married Mercy Hinkley, of Brunswick. They moved to Lisbon and had 
eleven children, as follows: Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rachel, Jacob, Benjamin, Isabel, 
Nathan, Joseph, Samuel, and Thankful. Samuel, Thankful, Abraham, Isaac, and 
Sarah all remained in Lisbon; Jacob, Joseph, Rachel, and Isabel settled in Phillips, 
Me.; Nathan in Augusta, and Benjamin in Bowdoin. Joseph afterward moved to Ohio. 
He d. Nov. 8, 1797; res. Lisbon, Me. 

604a. i, Abraham, b. in 1752; m. Aphia Coombs. 

605a. ii. Isaac, b. ; settled at Little River. 

606a. iii. Jacob, b. June 11, 1763; m. Hannah Mills. 

607a. iv. Nathan, b. about 1768; m. Sarah Godfrey and Fanny Shephard. 


608a. V. Benjamin, b. ; settled in Bowdoin, Me. 

609. vi. Joseph, b. ; m. ; res. in Phillips, Me. 

610. vii. Samuel, b. in 1774; m, Lydia Curit. 

611. viii. Sarah, b. . 

612. ix. Rebecca, b. 

613. X. Rachel, b. ; res. Phillips, Me. 

614. xi. Thankful, b. . 

615. xii. Isabel, b. ; res. Phillips, Me. 

206. Elder Naham Whitney (N'athaniel, Benjamin, John), b. York, Me., Jan. 
10, 1706; m. Nov. 12, 1730,* Lydia Young, dau. of Matthews, who d. in 1751. He was 
a prominent and influential citizen, and was called Elder Whitney; res. York, Me. 

207. Elder Nathaniel or Nathan Whitney (Nathaniel, Benjamin, John), 
b. York, Me., Dec. 12, 1709; m. Molly Day. He was a native of York, Me., and one 
of the first settlers m Gorham. Was an elder in the church and a prominent and 
influential citizen, and much employed in town affairs, and a leader in religious mat- 
ters. He was many times on important committees in the Revolutionary days. He 
was a man of unquestioned integrity. Abel and Nathaniel Whitney witnessed will 
of Elias Perry, at York, in 1735. He d. in 1804; res. York and Gorham, Me. 

616. i. Moses, b. 1739; m. Molly Page and Abigail . 

617. ii. Nathan, b. . 

618. iii. JosiAH, b. ; m. Hannah Barstow. 

619. iv. Aaron, b. . 

620. V. Asa, b. Dec, 1754; m. Flora and Phebe Hopkins. 

621. vi. Abel, b. ; m. Thankful Morton. 

208. Abel Whitney (Nathaniel, Benjamin, John), b. York, Me., July 23, 1712; 
m. Nov. 28, 1735, Mary Cane, dau. of Nicholas; res. York, Gorham and Standish, Me. 

622. i. Joanna, b. Oct. 10, 1736. 

623. ii. Moses, b. Feb. 17, 1737. 

624. iii. Joseph, b. Mar. 1, 1739. 

625. iv. Daniel, b. Sept. 7, 1741; d. before 1754. 

626. v. Joel, b. Mav 21, 1748; m. Mary Weston. 

627. vi. Mary, b. Oct. 5, 1744. 

628. vii. Lydia, b. July 31, 1746. 

629. viii. Zebulon, b. Nov. 27, 1747; m. Joanna Stone. 

630. ix. Joanna, b. Sept. 27, 1749. 

631. X. Naphthali, b. Feb. 10, 1750. 

632. xi. Micha, b. Dec. 11, 1752; m. Hannah Cobb. 

633. xii. Daniel, b. Sept. 26, 1754; m. . 

634. xiii. Paul, b. June 30, 1756. He enlisted in the Rev. army from Gor- 

ham, and was killed in battle in Rhode Island, Aug. 29, 1778. 

210. Isaac Whitney (Nathaniel, Benjamin, John), b. York, Me., Mar. 9, 1720; 
m. Feb. 25, 1743, Sarah Crosby, dau. of Dr. Crosby; m. 2d. ; m. 3d. 

He was born in York, where he resided until 1752, when he purchased a house 
and lot in Saco. In 1775 he was living m Buxton, Me., but died at the house of his 
son Henry, in Freeport, in 1800, aged 80. He married three times. He d. 1800; res. 
York, Saco, and Buxton, Me. 

635. i. Lucy, b. July 31, 1745. 

636. ii. Phinehas, b. June 5, 1747. 

637. iii. Isaac, b. Dec. 28, 1748; m. Mary Crockett. 

638. iv. Hannah, b. Nov. 28, 1750. 

689. V. Stephen, b. Mar. 19, 1755; m. Patty Irish. 

640. vi. Jonathan, b. Feb. 9, 1757. 

641. vii. Timothy, b. . 

642. viii. Barnabas, b. Aug. 18, 1766; m. Sarah Walker. 

643. ix. James, b. . 

644. X. Mary, b. . 

645. xi. Henry, b. ; m. Abigail Walker. 

211. Amos Whitney (Nathaniel, Benjamin, John), b. York, Me., Mar. 5, 1723; 
m. Sept. 5, 1748, Sarah Payne, dau. of Thomas; b. ; d. . 

* At this time he was of Biddeford. 


Amos Whitney was born in York, Me. He was one of the earliest settlers in 
Gorham, and was prominent and influential in town affairs. He was the first town 
clerk from 1764 to 1769, and one of the first selectmen, which office he held for years. 

He was a man of great integrity and highly respected. He d. ; res. York, 

Me., and Gorham. 

646. i. Ebenezer, b. Dec. 30, 1749. 

647. ii. Amos, b. Apr. 22. 1752. 

64S. iii. Mary Gookin, b. Oct. 25, 1754. 

649. iv. Elias, b. . 

650. V. JOTHAM, b. . 

651. vi. Ruth, b. . 

214. Jonathan Whitney (Jonathan, Benjamin, John), b. Oct. 17, 1704; m. Jan. 
^6, 1727, Lydia Jones; b. Sept. 15, 1705; d. Mar. 4, 1783. 

He owned lands in Hopkinton, Holliston, and Mendon. He was a prominent 
citizen and influential member of the church, and assisted in establishing the town of 
Milford. He settled the estates of his father and father-m-law. After his death his 
estate was divided among his heirs, he dying intestate. He d. 1755; res. Mendon 
and Medway, Mass. 

652. i. Susanna, b. Feb. 12, 1728; m. in Mendon, Jan. 25, 1752, Isaac 

Tenney, b. Milford, Feb. 22, 1723, d. bef. 1764; m. 2d. Apr. 11, 
1764, Noah Wiswall.d. Nov. 9, 1804. Isaac inherited his father's 
farm in Milford. Mr. and Airs. Tenney were members of the 
church and had their children baptized. The date of his death 
is unknown; res. Mil. Ch.: Ruth, bap. May 13, 1753; Jonathan, 
bap. Apr. 20, 1755; Ruby, b. Jan. 12, 1765; m. Silas Brown; Per- 
ley, b. Mar. 11, 1767; Jerusha, b. July 17, 1769; m. Moses Green. 

653. ii. Jonathan, b. Oct. 18, 1729; d. Oct. 19, 1729. 

654. iii. Jesse, b. Nov. 24, 1730; m. Mary Cheney, Mrs. Ruth Wight and 

Abigail Rawson. 

655. iv. Lydia, b. Nov. 18, 1732; m in Mendon, Dec. 12, 1754, Samuel 

Bowker of Hopkinton, b. 1729; died 1799. He m. 3 times. 

Lydia was his second wife; res. Mil. Ch.: Asa, b. Nov. 12, 1755; 

Abigail, b. June 13, 1757; Abigail, b. Apr. 9, 1759; Abiathar, b. 

Feb. 25, 1763; Ruth, b. Feb. 9. 1765; Daniel, b. Feb. 16, 1769. 
Jonathan, b. July 26, 1737; m. Esther Parkhurst. 
Ruth, bap. Apr. 11, 1742; d. young. 

David, bap. Sept. 21, 1746; m. Rachel . 

Sarah, b. Mar. 14; 1735; m. pub. Nov. 10; m. Dec. 10, 1756, in 

Mendon, Wales Cheney, b. Aug. 31, 1732; d. Mar. 27, 1825; res. 

Milford. Ch.: Josiah, b. Aug. 9, 1757; Nathaniel, b. Oct. 1, 1758; 

m. Elizabeth Hudson; David, b. ; res. Orange; Nathan, 

b. May 4, 1765; res. Orange; Lydia, b. May 4, 1767; m. John Cor- 

bett; Asa, b. Dec. 20, 1769; m. Roxaima Pitman; Amos,b. Sept. 

26, 1771 ; Anna, b. Apr. 21, 1773; m. Otis Butterworth; Alexander, 

b. Oct. 8, 1780; m. Lovice Bowker and Mrs. Elizabeth W.Stone. 

219. Elias Whitney (Jonathan, Benjamin, John), b. Holliston, Mass., Nov. 14, 
1716; m. Feb. 6, 1745, Elizabeth Mellen, b. Aug, 21, 1721; m. 2d. at Mendon. June 
26, 1774, Elizabeth Boyden. 

He resided in Holliston, near the eastern boundry. He was in Framingham in 
1764, when James Heywood deeded him the homestead now owned by his great- 
grandson, Elias Whitney. He was of reputable standing in the plain old-fashioned 
society of the times. He d. July 29, 1810; res. Framingham and Holliston, Mass. 
Abigail, b. Mar. 19, 1747. 
Elias, b. June 15, 1750; m. Lucy Barnes. 
Amrillen, b. June 1, 1753. 

Jonathan, b. June 25, 1760; killed in Revolutionary w^r. He 
enlisted in the company raised in Mendon, commanded by 
Capt. Drew, and was killed in battle Feb. 2, 1780. 

221. George Whitney (Jonathan, Benjamin, John), b. Aug. 12, 1721; m. Sarah 
Cozzens. He d. in 1752; res. Sherborn and Holliston, Mass. 
664. i. Isaac, b. 
















665. ii. Hannah, b.- 

666. iii. Marcy, b. 

667. iv. Sarah, b. ; d. bef. 1752. 


224. Benjamin Whitney (Benjamin, Benjamin, John), b. May 22, 1709; m, 
Feb. 24, 1781, Margaret Sanderson. Hed. Feb. 28, 1797; res. Sherborn, Mass. 

668. i. Jonathan, b. Sept. 25, 1734; m. Eunice Marshall. 

669. ii. PERSis,b. Aug. 2U, 1739. 

670. iii. Amos, b. Sept. 27, 1746. 

225. EzEKiEL Whitney (Joshua, Benjamin, John),b. in Mendon, Aug. 29, 1716; 

m. . Will made May 5, 1753; probated May 23, 1753; estate settled May 21, 

1768. He d. May. 1753; res. Sutton, Mass. 

671. i. Susannah, *b. ; m. Love. 

672. ii. Jennet, b. . 

673. iii. Margaret, b. . , 

674. iv. Rachel, b. . 

231. Benjamin Whitney (Joshua, Benjamin, John), b. Uxbridge, Mar. 14, 1743; 
m. — - — . Benjamin Whitney, of Uxbridge, Sept. 30, 1765, received of Lydia Taft, 
admr. of his portion of his father's estate, of which Josiah Taft was admr., so much 
in full. Joshua, Nathaniel, Hannah, Isaac, and Phebe Kirby also signed receipts at 
the same time. [Wor. Prob. Rec] Res. Uxbridge, Mass. 

237. Jason Whitney (Mark, Benjamin, John), b. Natick, Mass., Aug. 31, 1729;: 
m. in Sudbury, Mar. 3, 1757, Elizabeth Beal, of East Sudbury, dau. of Joseph and 
Love; d. May 22, 1772. Joseph Beales, the father, was a large land owner and was 
often Selectman. He was descended from Wm. Beal, of Marblehead; m. 2d Mar. 17, 
1773, Lois Pratt, of Needham, wid. of Ephraim, of Newton, and dau. of Ebenezer 
Fisher, of ; d. Nov. 21, 1805. 

Jason Whitney was born in Natick, Mass., where he always resided. On the 
death of his father, in 1760, he acquired the bulk of his property. He was a promi- 
nent citizen in the town. 

From James McManus, town clerk at Natick, Mass., is received the following,, 
relating to offices held by Jason Whitney: 

1772, surveyor of highways; 1773, fence viewer; 1774, fence viewer and hog 
reeve; 1775, fence viewer; 1777, selectman, field driver and fence viewer; 1780, 
selectman; 1781, selectman and fence viewer. 

From selectman's order or cash book: "On account of money paid in support of 
the present war with Great Britain and by whom paid to men who enlisted into the 
army and of those who do a term or any part of a term in the year 1776." 

July 20, 1776, Jason Whitney, one-fourth of a term to Canada, ^3 6s. 8d. 

Jason Whitney was in the French and Indian wars, and received a wound 
that caused lameness. Notwithstanding this lameness he served repeatedly dur- 
ing the Revolutionary war. His services are recorded on the rolls at the State 
House, Boston, also on the town treasurer's book and town files of Natick: 

"Jason Whitney was in Capt. David Morse's Muster Roll, in French War, 
1755 to 1763." 

"His name on Capt. Joseph Morse's Muster Roll. Col. Samuel Bullard's Regt, 
Lexington Alarm." 

"On Capt. Hezekiah Broads' Roll, Patterson's Regiment, Canada Expedition, 
June 7, 1776. 

"Paid X of a term, for a man to go three months to New York in Capt. Gard- 
ner's Co., Col. Eleazur Brook's Regiment." 

"Went on the Forty Days' Alarm to Rhode Island with teams & Baggage."" 
(Went twice.) 

"Credited to Fiske's Co., Perry's Regiment. Served also in Leland's Co., same 
Regiment. Assisted in taking Solomon Park Parker out of Prison, while on this 

"He also loaned the town £162-8-8 in 1781, 'Old Emifion Bills' for war pur- 
poses. In 1782 he loaned ^^2-8-0 silver money 'Spanish Milled dollars' & paid the 
same to Amos Morse for Isaac Dunton's bounty, for three years, for going into the 

"Was one of the selectmen & on Committee to hire soldiers 1780-81-82." 

From Massachusetts rolls: 

"Pay Roll for the Troops under the command of Lieut, feremiah Colburn. In 
Brigadier General Wadsworth's Department. Detached at Cambridge, 1781. 

"Jason Whitney from Jany. 27 to March 10." 

*Mar. 16. 1768, Nehemiah Hall, of Uxbridge, was appointed guardian of Susannah, Janet, and 
Margaret, daughters of Ezekiel. 


The foregoing is Jason Whitney's Revolutionary roll and French and Indian 
war roll. His son-in-law, \Vm. Alden, though very young, served twice on militia 
service and contributed money, and his grandson, Isaac' Alden, served in the war of 
1812. \ 

He d. June 23, 1807, res. Natick, Mass. 

675. i. Elizabeth, b. Feb. 23, 1760. 

676. ii. Abigail, b. Dec. 13, 1761; m. prob. Sept. 7, 1788, William Dunton, 

removed to New York. 

677. iii. Sarah, b. Apr. 29, 1763; m. John Trilll, of Natick. Ch.: John and 

Jemima; m . 2d, Henry Lake; res. Acton, Mass. Ch.: Henry, 
Lucretia and Mary. 

678. iv. Mary, b. Mar. 24, 1765; m. Richard Bacon, of Needham, two 

ch.: Eliza and William, and 8 others; rev. to Ontario Co., N. Y. 

679. v. Susanna, b. Dec. 9, 1766; m. May 1,1788, William Alden; removed 

to Troy, N. Y. He was b. in Needham, July 1, 1761, d. Calais, 
Vt., Sept. 27, 1842. She d. there Feb. 27, 1844. Ch.: I. Isaac, born 
Needham, Mar. 19, 1789, d. in Lewis, Essex Co., N. Y., Aug. 17, 
1860; m. 1st, Maria Stone, dau. of Moses and Olive (Ward) 
Stone, of Newton; m. 2d, Hannah Snow, dau. of Jonathan Snow 
and Lydia (Hammett) Snow, and had Edwin Augustus, Joseph 
Jackson, Olive Maria and Ruby Hammett, Emily Doane, Charles 
L., Avis Ellen and Alcnzo Isaac. II. William, West Newton, 
b. 1797, d. 1861; m. Ann Fuller and Elizabeth Bacon. III. Asa, 
b. Sept. 25, 1794; m. Avis Hammet Snow. IV. George, b. 
1797, m. Clarinda Mclntyre. V. Elizabeth, b. 1802; m. Isaac 
Kennan. VI. Hannah Whitney, b. 1806; m. Washington Taske, 
Hyde Park, Mass.; descendants: Mrs. Lucien L. Sheddon, 
Plattsburg, N. Y.; Mr. J. J. Alden, Troy, N. Y., Mr. Harry M. 
Alden, Troy, N. Y.; Mr. Charles L. Alden, 17 First St., Troy, 
N. Y.; Gen. Alonzo Alden, Troy, N. Y.; Mrs. Joseph M. Bassett, 
Worcester, Mass. Wm. Alden served in Revolutionary militia 
twice and contributed money. His son Isaac was a soldier in 
war of 1812. Isaac Alden, by wife Maria Stone, had 1, Edwin 
Augustus Alden, ni. Mary Haywood, parents of Mrs. Lucien L, 
Sheddon, Plattsburg, N. Y., wife of Judge Sheddon; 2, Joseph 
Jackson Alden, m. Sarah Marshall, and besides daughters had 
Harry Marshall Alden, Edward M. Alden, Troy, N. Y.; 3, Olive 
Maria Alden m. John Jay Knox. By Hannah Snow had, 4, Ruby 
Hammet, m. David Sykes; 5, Charles L. Alden, m. Mary Lang- 
ford Taylor, and had Antoinette Speacer Alden, Mary Curran 
Alden, John Gale Alden, d.y.,Chloe Sweeting Alden, d. y., John 
Gale Alden 2d. Langford Taylor Alden, and Charles Snow 
Alden; 6, Emily Doane Alden m. Shueball Moses Cole. Gen. 
Alonzo Alden m. Charlotte Danehy, and had Joseph D. Alden, 
Frederick Alden, Marion Alden, d. y. and Avis Ellen Alden, m. 
George Prescott. I have the signatures of Mark, Benj., Sr., 
Benj., Jr., Whitney. 

680. vi. Isaac, b" Apr. 17, 1770; m. and Mrs. Susanna (Turnback) 


681. • vii. Joshua, b. Apr. 12, 1772, d. May 8, 1772. 

682. viii. Lois, b. Oct. 17, 1773: m. June 29, 1791, Thomas Cummings, Jr., of 

__^^- Newton. ^ 

683. ix. Fisher, b. Jan. 3, 1775; m. Patty Watkins. 

684. X. Hannah, b. Aug. 6, 1776; m. July 11, 1798, Eli Rogers, of Natick,. 

Mass.; res. Marlboro, N. H. 

685. xi. George, b. Mar. 22, 1778; m. Esther Morse and Mrs. Azubah 


686. xii. Jason, b. Oct. 20, 1780; m. Hannah Goodnowand Margaret Green, 

687. xiii. Sarah, b. May 15, 1782; d. Apr. 10, 1802. 

688. xiv. Ebenezer, b. Mar. 2, 1784; m. Mary Brown and Joanna Law. 

689. XV. Rhoda, b. Feb. 28, 1786; m. John Russell, of Walertown, and d, 


241. Thomas Whitney (Mark, Benjamin, John), b. Natick, Mass., Jan. 24, 
1736; m, Oct, 19, 1761, Mehitable Bacon, of Stoughton. 


Thomas Whitney was born in Natick prior to 1769. He sold his rights in that 
town and emigrated to Westminster. His farm he disposed of to David Hann, of 
Hopkinton. He served in the Revolutionary army and was in the company from 
Partridgefield; res. Natick, Mass., and Westminster, Mass. 

690. i. Mark, b. May 18, 1766. 

691. ii. Mehitable, bap. Sept. 30, 1764; m. Jan. 12, 1797, Samuel Law- 

ton. He was the Samuel Lawson of Harriet Beecher Stowe's 
" Old Town Folks." 

692. iii. HuLDAH, bap. Sept. 30, 1764. 

693. iv. Esther, bap. Mar. 29, 1767. 

245. Gideon Whitney (Isaac, Benjamin, John), b. Hopkinton, Mass., Nov. 27, 
1729; m. in Sudbury, Mar. 14, 1750, Hannah Norcrossof Sudbury. 

His estate was settled in 1752-3. He owed his cousins Jason and Mark Whitney 
and sister Judith. 

He d. in H., Dec. 2, 17-^3; res. Hopkinton and Holliston, Mass. 
694. i. Elizabeth, b. Dec. 30, 1751. 

254. Elijah Whitney (Daniel, John, John, John), b. Jan. 15, 1715, m. Hannah 

In 1776 he was a member of the Warwick committee of correspondence, inspec- 
tion and safety. 

He d. ; res. Roxbury and Warwick, Mass. 

695. V. Daniel, b. ; m. Sarah Gav. 

696. iii. John, b. Nov. 29, 1749; m. Mav Payson. 

697. i. Elijah, b. Sept. 23, 1744. 

698. ii. Elisha, b. Oct. 6, 1747; m. Abigail Dana. 

699. iv. Hannah, b. June 13, 1756; bap. at Roxbury same year. 

259. Caleb Whitney (Timothy, John, John, John), b. Apr. 2, 1711; m. 1736, 
Hannah Cheney, b. June 13, 1711, dau. of Joseph. His two sons served in the 
Revolutionary army in a company raised in Newton; res. Newton, Mass. 

700. i. Hannah, b. Mar. 3, 1737; m Nov. 19, 1772, Nathaniel Parker. 

Ch.: Newton, b. ; Caleb, b. Apr. 29, 1773; m. Fanny Scott; 

Hannah, b. Mar. 18, 1775; m. David Scott; Eunice, d. young. 

701. ii. Caleb, b. June 17, 1740; m. Elizabeth Hyde. 

702. iii. Sarah, b. Oct. 23, 1743; m. in 1769, Jas. Richardson, Jr. She d. 

in 1771, s. p., and he m. 2d Dorothy Packard, of Bridgewater. 

703. iv. Thaddeus, b. July 10, 1747; m. Temperance Hyde. 

260. Moses Whitney (Timothy, John, John, John), b. June 20, 1714; m. in 1739, 
Rebecca Hyde, b. Sept. 23, 1720. 

Four of his sons served in the Revolutionary war. They were in Capt. Phinehas 
Cook's Co. in Col. Gardner's Regt. Three of his sons died in the army. Timothy 
Whitney was admr. of his estate. He d. in 1805; res. Newton, Mass. 
Margaret, b. May 8, 1741. 
Moses, b. Apr. 9, 1743; d. Revolutionary armv. 
Mary, b. Feb. 1, 1745; m. Mar. 20, 1766, Edward Richards, of 

Timothy, b. Feb. 12, 1747; m. Mary Hyde. 
Stephen, b. Feb. 12, 1747; d. Revolutionary army 
Elizabeth, b. May 30, 1749; m. 1777, Asa Payson. Had Asa and 
two daughters. 

710. vii. Ephraim, b. June 16, 1751; m. 1774, Anna Fuller, b. June 18, 1749, 
and died in the Revolutionary army in 1776; was in the company 
of Capt. Wiswell, of Newton. 

711. viii. Rebecca, b. Mar. 17, 1754; m. 1780, Wm. Buzzard. Ch.: Betsey 
and Clara. 

Relief, b. Dec. 29, 1756; m. 1783, John Woodward, of Brookline. 

Gersham, b. July 25, 1758; d. 1759. 

Persis, b. Feb. 19, 1760; m. 1797, James Richards, his third wife. 

Ch.: Sukey, b. Dec. 11, 1797; Mary,b.Aug. 6, 1800. She d. May, 

715, xii. John, b. Apr. 8, 1762; m. Polly Pope. 

261. Corp. Joseph Whitney (Timothv, John, John, John),b. Watertown, Mass., 
Feb. 21,1716; m. Mary Hastings; m. 2d, Mrs. Anna (Palmer?). She d. at Lima, N. Y. 









































Jasper Whitney, writing from Thomson, 111., states his great-grandfather's name 
was Joseph Whitney. Samuel Whitney's father's name was Joseph, and Silvanus 
Hayward, A. M., of Southbridge, Mass., in his history of Gilsum, N. H., says Joseph 
Whitney was the son of Palmer Whitney, and that Palmer was the half-brother of 
Samuel. From all the evidence and data I can secure, it is my opinion that Joseph 
Whitney, of Newton, after his first wife's death married again and finally became 
one of the first proprietors of Gilsum, N. H.,and that his sons finally located there on 
land he had purchased. In the history of Gilsum is this record: "Joseph Whitney 
was a corporal in the seventh company in Col. Samuel Ashley's regiment from Gil- 
sum, N. H , in 1776." Later he moved to Warwick (Orange), Mass., and still latei 
to Lima, N. Y., where he passed the remainder of his days. He was killed by the 
falling of a tree. He d. at Lima, N. Y.; res. Newton, Mass.; Gilsum, N. H.; Orange, 
Mass., and Lima, N. Y. 

Abigail, b. Dec. 18, 1749. 

Martha, b. May 31, 1752. 

Ann, b. Feb. 10, 1755. 

Samuel, b. Aug. 7, 1758; m. Mary Whitney. 

Lois, b. Sept. 6, 1761. 

Mary, b. ; m.— Guerney. 

Content, b. ; m. Fuller. 

Palmer, b. Oct. 6, 1777; d. in Warwick, Mass., Feb. 1, 1778. 

Palmer, b. Mar. 5, 1778; m. Judith Barber. 

Edward, b. . 

Abigail, b. Jan. 20,1781; m. Samuel Mark; res. Wyoming Co., 
N. Y. 

727. xii. Lemuel, b. Aug. 15, 1784; m. Sally Pratt. 

264. Nathaniel Whitney (Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John), b. Jan. 23, 1696; 
m. June 22, 1721, Mary Child; b. 1699; d. Dec. 3, 1776. 

They settled in Westboro where he and his wife were admitted to the church 
He had owned ihe covenant at Concord, Oct. 15, 1727. 
27, 1776; res. Weston and Westboro, Mass. 

Ephraim, b. in Groton, July, 1722; m. Thankful Harrington. 

Oliver, b. Dec. 1, 1724; m. Dorcas Warren. 

David, bap. Nov. 8, 1726, Brookfield.^ 

Mary, b. Feb. 15, 1727. 

Nathaniel, b. Julv 22, 1728; m. Abigail Marstop. 
733. vi. ANNA,b. Mar. 8, ITSOim. May 4, 1749, David Forbush; b. Oct. 20, 
1721. He wa'sThe son of Dea. Thomas Forbush, Jr., of the 
earliest and most prominent citizens of Westboro, Mass. His 
grandfather, Daniel Forbush, or Forbes, a native of Scotland, 
probably of the parish of Kinellar, was undoubtedly taken 
prisoner by Cromwell at the battle of Dunbar, and deported 
with others to this country. He located in Cambridge, Mass., 
and finally settled in Marlboro, where he died. (See Forbes-For- 
bush Genealogy by Fred £»-Pierce, also history of Grafton, 
Mass., by Fred C. Pierce.) David was a member of the Alarm 
company, commanded by Capt. Samuel Warren. He was later 
in Capt. Kimball's company in Col. Aitemas Ward's regiment 
of the Revolutionary army, and marched to the Lexington 
alarm, April 19, 1775. His estate was left to his son Silas. The 
children of David and Anna were: Anna, b. July 7, 1750; m. Oct. 
28, 1779, John Warren of Westboro; John, b. Dec. 20, 1751; d. 
Sept. 7, 1757; David, b. Apr. 18, 1754; m. Deliverence Goodell, 
who was the sister of the mother of Robert B. Thomas, of Farm- 
ers' Almanac fame; res. South Royalston, Mass.; Jacob, b. Feb. 
20, 1756; d. Mar. 3, 1756; Abigail, b. May 2, 1757; m. Leonard 
Brigham; res. Shrewsbury, Mass.; Lois, b. Sept. 27, 1759; m. 

Wright; res. Grafton, Mass.; Jonathan, b. Feb. 22, 1762; 

m. Betsey Hayden; res. Grafton and Deerfield, Mass ; Jemima, 
b. May 21, 1764; m. Sylvanus Morse; res. Upton, Mass.; Silas, b. 
May 19, 1766; m. May 14,1789, Rhodah Fisk; res. Grafton, Mass.; 
their daughter, Nancy, b. Nov. 15, 1798, and married Nathaniel 
Smith, son of Nathaniel and grandson of Rev. Ralph Smith. 
Nathaniel, Sr.,was graduated at Dartmouth College. They had 


. 21, 1728 

; 1 

He d. Jan. '. 





















five children, one Maria N., b. Nov. 3, 1827; m. Silas Austin 
Pierce, the parents oT the compiler of this work. (See Forbes- 
Forbush Genealogy by Pred C.Pierce.); Joel, b. July 29, 1768; 
d. Sept. 20, 1776; Ruth, b. Nov. 15, 1770; d. young; Beulah, b. 

■ ; m. Silas Hardy; res. Sherburne, Mass.; Mary, b. Sept. 2, 

1776; m.- Daniel Leland; res. Weathersfield, Vt. Anna d. in 
Westboro, Jan. 4, 1785. ■ He, her husband, d. there in Sept. 1787. 
He vifas in the Revolutionary war, and at the battle of Bunker 

Amos, b. Mar. 17, 1732. 

Lucy, b. Apr. 26, 1734. 

Love, b. Sept. 13, 1736; m. Mar. 30, 1772, John Taft, of Upton. 

Lois, b. Feb. 9, 173S. 

Eli, bap. May 3, 1740; m. Elizabeth Fay and Judith Hazelden. 

270. Israel Whitney (Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John), b. Groton, Mass.^ 

prob. abt. 1710; m. prob. 1732, Hannah . 

Israel Whitney was a cordwainer, and was from Groton, Mass. Feb. 19, 1732, 
he purchased land at Thompson Parish, Conn., and in 1733 moved to Oxford, Mass., 
where he afterward resided. His estate was valued at ^^655. Apr. 21, 1761, Oliver 
Cummings, Sibyla Cummings, and the widow Hannah were the only heirs of Israel 
Whitney, and were all of Dunstable. They deeded a moiety of his estate to Josiah 
Leonard. The inventory of his estate is dated July 2, 1746. 

Israel was brother of Dr. Ebenezer Whitney, of Worcester, who in 1737 bought 
lands in Bedford, Hampden Co., Mass. Israel was a soldier in the Cape Breton 
expedition in 1745. After his death his widow returned to Dunstable. 

He d. in 1746; res. Groton, Mass.; Thompson, Conn., and Oxford, Mass. 

739. i. SiBYLA, b. Feb. 4, 1733, at Killmgly, Conn.; m. Oliver Cummings; 

res. Dunstable, Mass. 
Josiah, b. 1735; d. 1740. 
Hannah, b. Apr. 1737; d. bef. 1761. 
Tamar, b. 1739; d. 1740. 
Mary, b. July 22, 1741; d. bef. 1761. 
Richard, b. Apr. 22, 1743; d. bef. 1761. 

272. Solomon Whitney (Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John); bap. June 17, 1711 ; 

m. Mar. 5, 1731, Martha Fletcher. He d. — ; res. Weston and Lincoln, Mass., and 

Rindge, N. H. 

745, i. SoLO.MON, bap. Dec. 14, 1735; m. June 14, 1761, Mary Fay, res 

Rindge, N. H. He was in the Revolutionary war in the com- 
pany from Lincoln, Mass. 
Sarah, bap. Aug. 28, 1737; died young. 
Sarah, bap. Nov. 5, 1738. 

Lois, bap. Jan. 1, 1743; m. in Lincoln, Nov. 19, 1771, Richard 
Davis. They went to Rindge, N. H., from Lincoln, in 1773. Ch.: 
Silas, b. Aug. 1, 1772, m Weston, Mass.; Solomon, b. April 24, 
1774, in Rindge, N. H.; Lois, b. Nov. 8,1775, in Rindge, N. H. 
749. v. Abigail, bap. May 2, 1741; m. Isaiah Underwood, of Lexington, 
who was born Oct. 15, 1733, d. May 29, 1771. Ch.: Israel, b. Dec. 
14, 1762; Abigail, b. Dec. 21, 1764; Suanna, b. Oct. 27, 1766; 
Louis, b. Dec. 2, 1768; Joseph, b. Dec. 16, 1770. The last two 
were born in Hubbardston. Israel Underwood, Jr., b. Dec. 14, 
1762, d. Sept. 26, 1840; m. Rhoda Newton, who was b. Apr. 24, 
1761; d. Sept. 21, 1^52. Ch.: Nancy, b. June 8, 1790, d. Apr. 19, 1874; 
unm.; Eber, b. July 24, 1791; Sally, b. Oct. 28, 1793; Josiah, b. 
June 18, 1795; Lucy, b. Oct. 15, 1796; Diodorus, b. July 1, 1798; 
Rhoda, b. Feb. 10, 1800; Linda, b. Mar. 17, 1803; Eliza, b. Mar. 
10, 1805. 

Descendants are: Israel Underwood, Lena, 111.; Ira Under- 
wood, West Gardner, Mass.; Caroline Smith, Pelersham, Mass.; 
Walter Underwood, East Templeton, Mass.; Milo Hartwell, So. 
Gardner, Mass.; Jonas Joslin, So. Gardner, Mass.; Charles A. 
Shumway, West Gardner, Mass. 

Sally Underwood was born Oct. 28, 1793, and died Jan. 24, 
1878; she married in 1815, Nathaniel Sawyer, of Rutland, Mass., 


















who was born Mar. 26, 1786, and died Jan. 13, 1879. Ch.: Sally, b. 
Apr, 30, 1817, d. Aug. 1840; unm.; Diodorus, b. Nov. 10, 1818, d. 
Nov. 13, 1890; m. Amelia Waste, of Whitingham, Vt. Had six 
children, three are now living: George Sawyer, Whitingham, Vt.; 
Carrie, now Mrs. Fred. Whitney, East Templeton, Mass., and 
Fred Sawyer, East Templeton, Mass. Sally and Nathaniel 
Sawyer's third child is Betsey Pierce, b. Oct. 21, 1823; m. Nov. 
11, 1851, George Sawyer, of Templeton, Mass., who was b. July 
28, 1818, was killed Oct. 14,1863. They had three children: Flora 
Belle, b. Nov. 27, 1853; m. Nov. 26, 1879, Schuyler W. Melendy, 
of Ludlow, Vt., b. Sept. 16, 1843. They had one child: George 
Hubbard, b. Apr. 2, 1882, d. May 21, 1888; res. West Gardner, 
Mass.; Sally Emma, b. May 26, 1857; George Scott, b. May 9, 
1863; res. East Templeton, Mass. 

750. vi. Martha, b. May 14, 1754; m. May 10, 1774, William Davis, of 

Rindge, N. H. They went from Lincoln in 1773 to Rindge, N. 
H. He was in the Rev. war, and was at the battle of Benning- 
ton. Ch.: Susannah, b. May 7, 1775; Martha, b. Oct. 24, 1777; 
Lucy, b. Dec. 27, 1778; Lydia, b. June 2, 1781; m. Feb. 22, 1808, 
Stephen Davis, of Enosburg, Vt.; Bathsheba, b. Oct. 2, 1783; 
d. Sept. 2, 1787; Solomon, b. May 15, 1785; Israel, b. Jan. 17,1788; 
Bathsheba, b. May 13, 1793; Timothy, b. Mar. 23, 1795. 

273. Samuel Whitney (Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John), bap. June 17, 1711; 
m. Apr. 8, 1735, Elizabeth Hastings, of Watertown, b. 1716; d. Oct. 23, 1800, in Marl- 
boro, V^t. Samuel Whitney resided in Weston, and in 1743 removed to Shrewsbury, 
where they were admitted to the church in 1761. He died in Shrewsbury. His will 
is dated May 2, 1788, yeoman; mentions wife Elizabeth, and children Samuel, Na- 
thaniel, Jonas, Eliphalet, Lucy, Lydia, Susanna, Elizabeth Mixer, Sally Lyon. 
Asaph Sherman was admr. He d. Aug. 2,1788; res. Weston and Shrewsbury, Mass. 

751. i. Elizabeth, b. Nov. 30, 1735; d. young. 

752. ii. Elizabeth, b. Feb. 26, 1738; m. Apr. 24, 1754, Joseph Mixer, Jr., 

son of Major Joseph; res. Shrewsbury, Mass.; rem. to Athol and 
d. there. Ch.: Elizabeth, b. Oct. 21, 1754; d. 1756; Joseph, b. Feb. 
22, 1756; Samuel, b. Jan. 13, 1758; Moses,b. Sept. 10, 1760; Daniel, 
b. Aug. 25, 1763; Elizabeth, b. Feb. 27, 1766. 

Samuel, b. Sept. 23, 1739; m. Phebe Harington. 

Lydia, bap. Mar. 22, 1740; d. Oct. 3, 1745. 

Nathaniel, bap. Dec. 5, 1742; d. Nov. 19, 1744. 

Lucy, b. Aug. 27, 1744; m. July 14, 1762, Asaph Sherman, of Graf- 
ton. (See history Grafton, by Fred C. Pierce.) He was a promi- 
nent citizen of the town; was First Lieut, in Capt. Lake Drury's 
company that marched to the Lexington alarm and served 
during the Rev. war. He was b. Mar. 6, 1741; res. Grafton. 
Ch.: Jonathan, b. July 18, 1763; Marv, b. Dec. 1, 1764; Lucy, b. 
Oct. 25, 1766; Betty, b. Dec. 11, 1768; Susannah, b. Nov. 22, 1770; 
Candice, b. Nov. 18, 1772. 

757. vii. Lydia, b. June 1, 1746; m. Nov. 3, 1767, William Britton, of 

758. viii. Susanna, b. Feb. 26, 1748; m. Oct. 4, 1768, John Bellows. Jr., 
of Shrewsbury, formerly of Southboro. They settled on the 
Samuel Whitney farm. She d. Feb. 1, 1805, and he d. Mar. 6, 1826. 
Ch.: Martha, ra. Nathan Newton, 1792; Chloe, m. Pelatiah Allen, 
of Holden; Lucy, m. Oliver Torrey, of Killingly, Conn.; Anna, 
m. Dr. Jacob Kittridge, of Spencer; Moses, Lyscom, John, b. 
Feb. 21, 1785. 

759. ix. Nathaniel, b. May 30, 1749; m. Mary Houghton. 

760. X. Jonas, b. June 14, 1761; m. Tamar Houghton. 

761. xi, Sarah, b. July 15, 1753; m. in Shrewsbury, 1777, John Fisher Lyon, 
of Grafton. He resided in Grafton, then in Shrewsbury, and 
finally moved to Harvard, where he died. Ch.b. Shrews.: Lydia, 
b. Apr. 9. 1778; John, b. Oct. 17, 1780. 

762. xii. Eliphalet, bap. May 4, 1757; m. Aug. 12, 1776, Lois Houghton, 
of Lancaster; res. Shrewsbury, Mass., and Marlboro, Vt. 

763. xiii. Martha, bap. Aug. 5, 1759; d. bef. 1788; not men. in will. 











275. Joshua Whitney (Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John), b. Watertown, Mass., 
Mar. 25, bap. Apr. 25, 1714; m. May 21, 1739, in Spencer, Mass., Mehitable Wilson, 
of Spencer, dau. of Dea. James and Mehitable. She d. May 1, 1785. 

Joshua Whitney in 1746 resided in that part of Leicester afterwards incorporated 
as Spencer. He purchased land of Dea. James Wilson, Sr., whose dau. he married. 
Wilson came from Lexington to Leicester in 1714, and to Spencer in 1730. He was 
a prominent citizen, often promoted to offices of trust and honor, and was deacon in 
Rev. Mr. Fisk's church. Joshua moved to Stockbridge in 1758. In seating the 
meeting house in 1771 the residents were given seats according to the value of their 
estates. Of the sixty-eight families Joshua Whitney was the twenty-seventh. He is 
interred in the old Norwich Hill burying ground, and his stone reads: 

In Memory of 
Mr. Joshua Whitney 
he died 25 June 
A. D. 1786 
in the 70. 
year of his age. 
Death is a debt to nature due. 
Which I have paid, and so must you. 
Weep not for me, dry up your tears. 
I must lie here till Christ appears. 
He d. in 1785; res. Leicester, Spencer, and Stockbridge, Mass. 

Phixehas, b. June 24, 1740; m. Sarah Harrington. 
Lemuel, b. 1743; m. Thankful Grififith. 

Beulah, b. 1745; m. 1765, John Ball. He was b. 1747, the son of 
Eleazer, who was b. in Concord, and who was one of the first 
settlers in Rutland. He d. Sept 4, 1775, ae. 28. The children 
were all born in Leicester, Mass. She d. in Langdon, N. H., in 
1822. Ch.: Daniel, b. Aug. 10,1765; Eleazer, b. May 11, 1767; 
Sibbil, b. Sept. 19, 1768; Sarah, b. Oct. 6, 1771; Mehitable, b. 
July 24, 1773; John, b. June 25, 1775. 
Elisha, b. 1747; m. Esther Clark. 
John, b. 1751; m. Rachel Hiscock. 

Mehitable, b. 1756; m. Obadiah Newton; res. Spencer, Mass., 
and Granville, N. Y. Her husband died and she married a 
Williams. He died and she again married a Hanks and moved 
to Hopkinton, Ohio. 

Joshua, b. 1758; m. Esther Prouty and Sartwell. 

Susannah, b. 1762; m. William Hiscock; res. in eastern N. Y. 
Polly, b. Oct. 19,1766; m. May 19. 1789, Jonathan Upham; res, 
Windham, Vt. She d. Oct. 14, 1843. Polly lived m Dudley, 
Mass., then in Gifford, Vt., and afterwards in Windham. He 








wasb. in Dudley, Mass., June 26, 1761, was a soldier in the Rev- 
olutionary war, and d. July 15, 1827. He was a farmer. Ch.: Rox- 
ania, b. Aug. 22,1791 ; m. Nov. 29, 1820, Reuben Prentiss, oldest 
son of Harvev N.; res. Windam. She d. June 9, 1855; Sophia, 
b. Mar. 17, 1793; m. Jan. 4, 1827, Henry Miller; her son H. C. 
res. Ovid, Iowa. She d. May 21, 1836; Mehitable, b. Dec. 25, 
1788; d. Aug. 25, 1833; Jerusha, b. Sept. 11, 1794; d. Feb. 15, 
1849; Polly, b. July 7, 1796; d. Oct. 15, 1848; Gardner, b. May2, 
1798; res. Windham, Vt.; m. Oct. 11, 1827, Eunice A. Emory, d. 
June 23, 1848; m. 2d, Jan. 15, 1850, Marilla Wyman, d. Mar. 4, 
1867; m. 3d, Feb. 20,1872, Mr,s, Elizabeth Abbott, d. Jan. 17, 
1879. He is still living (1893), altliougn ne has completed his 
ninety-fifth year. His health is good, and he attends church 
regularly and goes to the postoffice daily, with the exception of 
the very cold weather last winter. His own generation has 
passed and most of the next generation, but he still remains, a 
pleasant, genial companion to the old, the young, or the middle- 
aged, conversing with equal fluency on the incidents of his 
boyhood , the current topics of the day, or any intervening 
event. He was born in Guilford, Vt.,but went to Windham when 
six years old and spent his life there, except from 1850 to 1872 
he lived in Grafton, Vt.; Jonathan, b. May 30, 1800; m. Sept. 18, 
1832, Sarah M. Moore; res. Windham. He d. May B, 1878; 


one child living, Asahel, at W.; Asahel, b. Dec. 15, 1802; res. 
W.; m. Sept. 9, 1833, Hannah S. Carter; was a merchant in 
Boston; d. s. p. Dec. 29, 1833; Zenas, b. July 28, 1807; d. Feb. 
24, 1810; Ebenezer, b. Mar. 24, 1805; m. Sept. 6, 1837, Susan 
D. Grout; res. New York, Iowa, and d. Mar. 2, 1876; a dau., 
Mrs. W. B. Burton, res. New York, Iowa; Zenas H.,b. Oct. 19, 
1811; m. Harriet L. Putnam and Jane E. Pierce. He d. Dec. 
16, 1892. Sons; Abel P., care Sprague, Warner & Co.; Dea. A, 
O. Prentice, Chicago, and Herbert J., Stillwater, Iowa. 

773. X. SiBBiLLAH, b. 1754. 

276. David Whitney (Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John), b. in Watertown, 
Mass., in 1716; m. m Needham, Nov. 17, 1743, Mehitable Parker. She m. Oct. 27, 
1757, Josiah Ware (his third wife), b. Mar. 21, 1707; d. 1798 in Needham. He was 
born in Watertown, Mass.; was leit fatherless at the age of 14, at which time a guar- 
dian was appointed for him (Middlesex Probate, 1731, No. 17631). He resided nearly 
all his life in Needham, but died in Natick, Mass. David Whitney, who married 
Mehitable Parker, that son of Nathaniel and Mercy (Robinson) of Weston, whom 
Wm. L. Whitney names as in his 15th year in 1731 (No. 243, p. 26). A glance at Bond, 
p. 965, No. 107, shows that Nathaniel, eldest son of Nathaniel and Mercy*, named his 
third son for this youngest brother David; while David, who was not much older than 
his nephews, and possibly lived among them after his father's death in 1730, out of 
five children of his own, transmitted the names of his nephevvp, Ephraim and Oliver, 
and of his mother, Mercy. Mehitable, the mother, died bef. 1764, for Apr. 19 of that 
year Josiah married for fourth wife, Sibel Robinson; no ch. He d. Apr. 19, 1754; res. 
Needham and Natick, Mass. 

774. i. Oliver, b. Apr. 15, Needham; bap. June 9, 1744; m. Hannah 

Mary, b. Nov. 5; bap. Natick, Nov. 24, 1745. 
Ephraim, bap. May 29, 1747; m. Sarah Wood. 
John, b. June 5, 1749. 
Mercy, b. Jan. 8, 1751. 
Mehitable, b. Aug. 3, 1758; m. May 10, 1780, Abraham Whitney, 

Jr., of Stow. She d. 1835. 

780. vii. WiLLiA.M, b. 1760; d. young. 

277. William Whitney (William, Nathaniel, John, John), b. Jan. 11, 1707; m. 
in Sudbury Sept. 10, 1735, Hannah Harrington; d. Apr. 30, 1740; m. 2d Mar. 30, 1742, 
Mrs. Mary (Chadwick) Pierce, b. Oct. 6, 1713; d. Feb. 23, 1756; m. 3d Aug. 12, 17.56, 
Margaret Spring; m. 4th June 14, 1763, Mrs. Sarah Davis, of Brookline; res. Weston, 

781. i. William, b. Apr. 10, 1736; m. Mary Mansfield. 

782. ii. Hannah, b. Feb. 16, 1737; m. Apr. 25, 1757, Henry Spring, of 

Weston. He was son of Henry, b. April 6, 1733. 

783. iii. Phinehas, b. Apr. 23, 1740; m. Miriam Willard, Lydia Bowes and 

Mrs. Jane Garfield. 

784. iv. Mary, bap. Dec. 17, 1742; d. young. 

785. V. Mary, b. Dec. 11, 1744; m. May 29, 1777, Amos Fiske, of Walth. 

man. He was born Apr. 25, 1754; was a soldier in the Rev. 
war; had four children, three daughters and one son; Polly, b. 
Aug., 1778; m. Mar. 29, 1801, Samuel Harrington, of Watertown; 
the other two daughters m. Stearns and Fletcher; the son, Amos 
Fiske, Jr., died at Cinn.; Polly Fiske Harrington m. 1807 Jere- 
miah Wiswell, of Newton; had one child by S. Harrington and 
four by J. Wiswell; a granddaughter is Mrs. C. K. Thomas, 118 
Princeton St., East Boston, Mass. 

786. vi. Sarah, b. Sept. 6, 1736; m. Gen. Amasa Davis, of Boston; b. Aug. 

17,1744; d. Jan. 30, 1825. 

787. vii. Nathaniel, b. Mav 1, 1748; d. Oct, 10, 1751. 

788. viii. Joel, b. Dec. 22, 1749; d. Feb., 1750. 

789. ix. Susanna, b. Dec. 23, 1751; m. May 14, 1778, Israel Mead, of Med- 

ford; b. Dec. 27, 1751. 

790. X. Abigail, b. Dec. 30, 1753; m. May 14, 1778, Samuel Custis, of 

Marlboro. He was from Roxbury, and moving to Marlboro to 

♦Bond says " Mary," which Temple and Wm. L. W. correct to Mercy. 





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practice his profession, that of a physician, he m. the wid. of 
Dr. Dexter. After her death, Dec. 25, 1774, he married as above. 
He had two children by his first wife, and by his second, Anna, 
b^ May 26, 17^0: Samuel, b. Feb. 14, 1779; Fanny, b. Mar. 19, 
1781. He was a man of influence, was clerk, selectman and 
justice of the peace; was a member of the committee of corre- 
spondence in 1778. 

281. Lieut. Samuel Whitney (William, Nathaniel, John, John), b. May 23, 
1719; m. Oct. 20, 1741, Abigail Fletcher. He was a leading man in the settlement of 
Westmister, and was frequently elected to office. He went from Weston soon after 
his marriage, probably in 1742. His place of residence in Westminster in 1859 was 
owned by Mr. Hartwell. The old cellar is still visible. Samuel was frequently 
elected selectman and during the Revolutionary war was a lieutenant. The History 
•of Westminster says: "He located on lot No. 51, near the No. Common, where 
Leander Hartwell now lives. The house he built stood a few rods south of the site 
of the present one. He was a prominent, capable, and much esteemed resident of 
the township, one of the executive committee of the propriety and selectman three 
years after incorporation. He also held a commission as lieutenant in the militia of 
the province. He was a man of wealth and influence, having a large landed estate, 
which enabled him to give each of his sons a farm, it is said, before or at his 
•decease." The inventory of his estate was made to probate court by his widow, 
Abigail, in April, 1783. He d. Jan. 1,.1782; res. Weston and Westminster, Mass. 

Abigail, b. Aug. 27, 1742; prob. d. young. 

Mary, b. May 29, 1744; m. Elijah Gibson and Edward Scott, of 

Samuel, b. Feb. 11, 1746; m. Thankful Wilder. 
Abner, b. May 18, 1748; m. Elizabeth Glazier and Levina (Glaz- 
ier) Ward. 

Achsah, b. Sept. 30. 1750; d. May 14, 1772. 
Silas, b. Oct. 20, 1752; m. Sarah Withington. 
Martha, b. Nov. 26, 1755; d. young. 
Elisha, b. July 2, 1757; m. Eunice Seaver. 

Alpheus, b. Feb. 25, 1759; m. Esther Hartwell; History of West- 
minster says s. p. 

Phinehas, b. Jan. 16, 1761; m. Elizabeth Rand. 

Hananiah, b. Dec. 18, 1762; m. Azubah Keyes. 

Martha, b. Sept. 18, 1764; m. Benjamin Seaver and Isaac Seaver. 

Susanna, b. Feb. 9, 1767; d. young. 

284. Samuel Whitney (Samuel, Nathaniel, John, John), b. Stratford, Conn.. 
Dec. 13, 1727; m. Mar. 26, 1751, Hannah Judson, who d. smallpox Dec. 23, 1760; m- 

■2d Martha . 

He was appointed administrator of his father's estate Feb. 21, 1754. The town 
gave him liberty to erect a store house of about 20 feet in length and 18 broad 
under the bank of the Mill river, near the upper ship yard, at the Ram pasture, the 
place to be fixed by Thomas Hill and James Smedly, a committee for that purpose^ 
at said Whitney's cost. It is said he was a soldier in the Revolutionary war and 
that he died in the early part of the war, being one of several who were killed by 
being poisoned. He may have been a prisoner in New York at the time of his death; 
res. Newtown, Conn. 

James, b. Aug. 10, 1753; m. Eunice Johnson and Mrs. Rhoda Peet. 

Samuel, b. Oct. 9, 1757; m. Huldah Stilson. 

John, b. Mar. 16, 1767. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary 
war, and is said to have been captured in Algiers. 

807. iv. Hannah, b. Mar. 1, 1769; m. Wright; res. Huntington, 


808. v. Sarah, b. in 1771; d. unm.; said to have been the most beautiful 

girl in Huntington^ Conn, 

809. vi. Isaac, b. in 1773; m. Susannah Bryan. 

286. Isaac Whitney (John, Joseph, John, John), b. Sept. 2, 1710, in Weston; m- 
Feb. 8, 1729, Elizabeth Gale; bap. May 25, 1712; res. Weston, Mass. 
810. i. Elizabeth, bap. July 19, 1741, 














































2b7. Zachariah Whitney (John, Joseph, John, John), b. Dec. 28, 1711, in 
Weston; m. Apr. 11, 1739, Sarah Boynton, of Lunenburg, Mass.; res. Woburn, Mass., 
and Lunenburg, Mass. 

Zachariah, b. Jan. 16, 1747; m. Elizabeth Wetherbee. 

Sarah, b. Feb. 27, 1740; rx\. Mar. 3, 1763, Silas Button. 

Jane, b. Sept. 22, 1742. 

Abigail, b. Jan. 17, 1746. 

Mary, b. April 8, 1752. 

John, b. Apr. 16, 1756; m. Priscilla Battles. 

289. Abraham Whitney (John, Joseph, John, John), b. Aug. 8, 1716, bap. June 
17, 1741; ni. Jan. 20, 1742, Tabitha Allen, b. Oct. 26, 1722; dau. of Joseph, Jr., and 
Abigail Allen. His father John was one of the original proprietors of Paris, Me., 
in 1735. Abraham was given this land in 1771; res. Watertown, Mass. 

817. i. Elisha, b. Mar. 2, 1743. 

818. ii. Simon, b. Nov. 21, 1745; d. Apr. 25. 1751. 

819. iii. Abigail, b. ; d. Apr. 23, 1751. 

820. iv. Levi, b. May 16, 1750. 

821. v. Sarah, b. May 18, 1752. 

291. Joseph Whitney (Benjamin, Joseph, John, John), b. Dec. 3, 1710; m. Apr. 
19, 1737, Mary Child, b. Feb. 25, 1717. In the Middlesex Register of Deeds office 
is found the following data: 1785, Joseph, Jonathan, and wife Susan, and Abraham 
and wife Mary, of Watertown, late father Joseph and brother Daniel; 1785, Joseph, 
Jonathan, and Abraham, in behalf of his late wife, Elizabeth Whitney, deceased; 
all heirs of Joseph, deceased, of Watertown. Witness: Jonathan, Jr. He d. in 1790; 
res. Weston, Mass. 

Joseph, b. Mar. 13, 1737, d. young. 
Joseph, b. Mar. 13, 1738; m. Elizabeth Goddard. 
David, b. Jan. 21, 1740; d. bef. 1784. 
Jonathan, b. Apr. 12, 1743; m. Susanna Norcross. 
Abijah, b. Sept. 6, 1744; m. Lydia Stearns. 

Elizabeth, bap. Nov. 23, 1746; m. Abraham Whitney, son of 
John and Susan . 

292. Benjamin Whitney (Benjamin, Joseph, John, John),b. Watertown, Mass., 

Sept. 14, 1712; m. — ■ — — . (See Worcester records of births in city clerk's 

office. He did not die Nov. 13, 1713, as Bond says, in his History of Watertown.) 
Res. Worcester, Mass. 

828. i. Benjamin, b. in 1737; m. Sarah White. 

829. ii. Samuel, b. in 1741; m. Mary White. 

293. Samuel Whitney (Benjamin, Joseph, John, John), b. Nov. 22, 1715: m. 
Mar. 1, 1742, Mary Clark, b. 1713; d. 1765. His will probated in 1808; was of Water- 
town; gave property to brother Benjamin, of Worcester, and his sister, Elizabeth 
Child. Also gives Joseph Whitney, second son of Jonathan, of Watertown, yi part 
of his estate. He was admr. on his wife's estate in 1765. He d. s. p. 1808; res. 
Watertown, Mass. 

304. John Whitney (John, Benjamin, John, John), bap. Mar. 17, 1731; m. July 
4, 1753, Mary Benjamin, b. May 24, 1726, He served in the Watertown company in 
the Revolutionary war; res. Waltham, Mass. 

830. i. Samuel, bap. June 6, 1756. 

307. Abraha.m Whitney (John, Benjamin, John, John), b. Dec. 7, 1735; m. July 
10, 1766, Elizabeth Whitney, bap. Nov. 23, 1746, dau. of Joseph and Mary; m. 2d in 
Watertown, Dec. 3, 1772, Mary Mead, b. May 1, 1753, dau. of Joshua. 

He was born in Watertown, Mass., and resided there for some time after his 
marriage. With his brothers he served in the company commanded by Capt. 
Barnard from Watertown in the Revolutionary war and marched from Watertown 
to Lexington on the alarm April 19, 1775. Paul Revere was ably assisted in spread- 
ing the intelligence of the landing of the British at Cambridge, by Abraham 

The night before the battle of Lexington, Abraham Whitney started off for 

Lynn on horseback, at about midnight, with panniers filled with shoes, which 

his brother desired to have delivered in Lynn early in the morning. Abraham 

Whitney had got about to Charlestown when he was startled by a voice in the dark, 




















which stealthily asked him, " If he knew the regulars were landing." He replied 
that he did not; whereupon he was informed of the particulars. Relieving his 
horse of the load of shoes, he galloped him back to Watertown, where, arousing a 
few of his neighbors, it was not long ere the words, " The regulars have landed, be 
on the church green at sunrise," had resounded on the still night air, from each 
man's doorway, and soon lights began to gleam from house to house, an index of 
life and bustle within. Prompt to the summons, the sun arose on a line of men 
ranged on the green in front of the old meeting house. We can imagine the anxious 
countenances of the wives and children, the compressed lips and stern faces of the 
men, as they listened to a few words from their leader, and their strong and 
measured tread, as at the roll of the drum they hastened away, in answer to the first 
call of liberty. Res. Westford, Mass., and Concord, Mass. 

831. i. Abraham, b. . 

832. ii. Lois, b. 1777. She d. in Concord in 1796 unm. 
883. iii Elizabeth, b. . 

309. EzEKiEL Whitney (John, Benjamin, John, John), bap. Apr. 12,1741; m. 
Dec. 6, 1763, Catherine Draper, of Roxbury; m. 2d, May 19, 1769, Catherine Anson. 
Ezekiel became one of the grantees of land at Paris, Me., in the right of his uncle 
Ensign David. He was a cordwainer by trade. Served in the- Rev. war in Capt. 
Barnard^s Watertown company. He d. in 1801; res. Watertown, Mass. 

Ezekiel, b. Apr. 13, 1768; m. Lydia and- . 

Francis, b. Sept. 23, 1771. 
Amasa, b. May 4, 1774. 

Catherine, b. Mar. 4, 1777; m. Feb. 17, 1803, Francis S. Hooker 
of Rutland. Had son Christopher Columbus. 

838. v. Aaron, b. June 20, 1780. 

310. Stephen Whitney (John, Benjamin, John, John), b. Apr. 23, bap, Aus:. 
14, 1743; m. May 10, 1770, Relief Stearns; b. Apr. 10, 1749; d. Jan. 17, 1803. He was 
born in Watertown; worked on his father's farm; learned the shoemaker's trade. 
After his marriage moved to Lunenburg, where he was a farmer. During the Rev- 
olutionary war he served in the Watertown company. He d. Apr. 4, 1833; res. 
Watertown, Lunenburg, and Fitchburg, Mass. * 

839. i. Stephen, b. Jan. 25, 1771; m. Sally Dexter. 

840. ii. Relief, b. Nov. 11, 1773; m. June 19, 1803, Asa Tarball, of Gro- 

ton ; b. Mar., 1772. She d. July; 1855. Ch.: Edmund, b. Apr. 26, 
1804; m. Sophia Smith; Nancy, b. Jan. 6, 1806; m. J. J. Bigelow, 
of Boston; Charles, b. Dec. 3, 1807; m. Sarah B. Jewett. 

841. iii. Lucy, b. Oct. 17, 1774; m. Mar. 5, 1797, Solomon Day, of Fitch- 

burg; b. Oct. 28, 1767; d. Mar. 7, 1837. She d. Aug. 10, 1858, in 

Fitchburg. Ch.: Abigail N., b. Mar. 12, 1799; d. Nov., 1818; 

Stephen W.,b. Feb. 28, 1801; d. Nov. 23, 1826, at Milford, Mass.; 

Lucretia S., b. Apr. 19, 1803; m. Alvan Simonds, Nov. 15, 1855; d. 

Jan. 30, 1866, at Boston, Mass.; Mary Ann, b. May 27, 1805; m. 

Levi Downe; d. at Fitchburg, Mass.; Lucy Whitney, b. Sept. 

10, 1807; m. Alvan Simonds, Jan. 17, 1832; d. Apr. 17, 1854; 

a son, Edwin A., res. 32 Astor St., Chicago, 111.; Relief E., b. 

Aug. 16, 1813; d. June 1, 1835. 
Abijah, b. Aug. 10, 1776; m. Betsey Whitney. 
Lois, b. Jan. 26, 1779; m. Francis Wolf, of Boston. Ch.: Louisa, 

b. ; m. Joseph Hunting; Francis W., b. ; res. N. Y. city; 

was emp. M. E. Book Concern; Susan, m. Israel Tole; res. Boston. 
Nancy, b. Oct. 15, 1782; d. unm. Oct. 4, 1866, in Westfield, N. Y. 
Polly, b. Nov. 1783; m. 1814, Joseph Burns, of Milford, N. H.; 

3 ch. She d. Aug. 1843. 
Lucretia, b. Oct. 14, 1785; m. Robert Cunningham, of Boston, 

who soon d. She d. s. p. Dec. 29, 1868. 
Prentiss, b. Nov. 2, 1787; m. Sylvia Bicknell. 
SuKEY,b. Aug. 16, 1789; d. Nov., 1807. All the ten children sang 

together in the church choir, in Lunenburg, Mass. 

314. David Whitney (David, Benjamin, John, John), b. Sept. 25, 1723; m. Mary 
Merriam, b. June 15, 1729. His will is dated 1764. He died June 25, 1769; res. Walt- 
ham, Mass. 














849. i. Mary, b. Dec. 22, 1751; m. Apr. 18, 1768, William Wellington, b. 

July 28, 1746; res. Lex. Ch.": William, b. Dec. 11, 1769; m. Avis- 
Fiske; David, b. Nov. 1, 1771; m. Rebecca Stearns; Abraham, 
b. Mar. 22, 1774; m. Elizabeth Lawrence; Polly, b. Apr. 16, 1776; 
m. Phinehas Lawrence; Isaac, b. Feb. 20, 1778; drowned Nov. 
1798; member senior class, Har. Coll.; Charles, b. Feb. 20, 1780: 
gr. Har. Coll. 1802; rev. Set Templeton; Alice, b. Oct. 31, 1781; 
m. James Clarke; Betsey, b. Feb. 4, 1784; m. Capt. Isaac Child; 
Seth, b. Nov. 18, 1785; m. Louisa Miles and Mrs. Sabra Stone; 
Sybil, b. Sept. 24, 1737;. m. Irving Pierce; Marshall, b. Sept. 26, 
1789; m. Elizabeth Kimball; Darius, b. Jan. 14,1794; m. twice; 
Almira, b. Aug. 1, 1795; m. Francis Bowman; Isaac, b. Nov. 12, 

850. ii. David, b. July 9, 1753; d. Mar. 1, 1776. 

851. lii. Sarah, b. Feb. 8, 1756; m. Aug. 28, 1776, Bezaleel Wright. 

852. iv. Ruth, b. Jan. 2, 1760; m. Dec. 7, 1780, Roland Blackman, o£ 


316. Capt. Nathan Whitney (David, Benjamin, John, John), b. IMar. 12, 1726; 
m. Sept., 1752, Tabitha Merriam, b. May 10, 1733; d. Dec. 26, 1822. 

On the 26th of Dec, 1750, Nathan Whitney bought of Benjamin Brown lot No. 
90, in the south part of the township (Narragansetts No. 2, now Westminster, Mass.), 
now represented by his gt.-gd. sons, Edward and George C. Whitney, of Worcester, 
who occupy a portion of it, and the buildings thereon as a summer residence. Early 
in July following he was reported to the Gen. Ct. as "a good man, at work on the 
spot." Not finding, however, a satisfactory site on the premises for a permanent 
dwelling ho., he purchased of his prospective f.-in-law, Thomas Merriam, of Lex., 
the S. E. end of the adjoining lots, .\'os. 83 and 84, and erected a temporary place of 
abode, near where his gd. s., Calvin, now lives. This, a few years later, was super- 
seded by a more substantial structure, the oldest part of the habitation herein 
represented. In 1752 or 1753 he brought to his new home his yg. bride, Tabitha 
Merriam, whom he m. in Sept. of the former year. It is stated that after Mr. W. 
had bought his lot and expended some labor upon it he became much discouraged 
and resolved to abandon the undertaking. But his intended f.-in-law, who had con- 
siderable landed interests in the vicinity, dissuaded him from his purpose. More- 
over, the coming hither of his w. at an early day hel])ed to make him contented, 
though lonelipess on her part and fear of Indians caused her for a time much unhap- 
piness. As time went on, however, outward trials diminished, but sad domestic 
experiences arose. Twice were these new-comers wholly bereaved of their children. 
By the fearful epidemic of 1756, the first two d. before the third saw the light, while 
a similar visitation in 1764 took from them the four that in the intervening period 
had been born to them. Three only of the nine they had in all, b. at a later date, 
were spared to mature years. He was a weaver by trade and established a loom in 
his colonial home. 

Nathan Whitney was an enterprising, prosperous citizen, patriotic and public- 
spirited, and interested in military affairs. As corporal in the Co. of which Daniel 
Hoar was Capt. in 1759, he was ordered in the name of his majesty, George II., to 
impress for service in the Canada Expedition one Edward Joyner, a resident of the 
township. In 1771 he had risen to the dignity of captain, receiving his commission 
from the rcyal governor at that date, Thomas Hutchinson. Mr. Whitney departed 
this life .-Xug. 10, 1803, at the age of 76. 'His with, Tabitha, survived him nearly 20 
years, passing on Dec. 26, 1822, ae. 90. That he was an eminently successful farmer,, 
and one of the largest property holders of his day is shown by the U. S. valuation 
and tax-list made out in 1798, and also by the inventory of his estate filed at the 
Prob. Ct., Oct. 1, 1803. It may be questioned whether another resident of the town 
■was so favorably conditioned in this respect as was he at that early date. Interest- 
ing features of his wiliare that his s., David, to whom he bequeathed his home farm^ 
shall furnish his wid., Tabitha, besides certain specified househokl previlege? and 
conveniences, "2 cows, a horse to ride with when she wants it," and also each year 
"4 bush, rye meal, 6 bush. Indian, 2 bush, wheat made into flour, 100 lbs. pork, 100 
beef, 3 barrels cyder, and 10 cords wood." He d. Aug. 10, 1803; res. Waltham and 
Westminster, Mass. 

853. i. Tabitha, b. June 29, 1753; d. Oct. 14, 1756. 
■ 854. ii. Nathan, b. May 16, 1755; d. Aug. 28, 1756. 

855. iii. Tabitha, b. July 6, 1757; d. June 27, 1764. 




























Nathan, b. Apr. 9,1759; d. July 2, 1764. 
Jonathan, b jMav 14, 1761; d. June 21, 1764. 
Ruth, b. Apr. 17,' 1763; d. July 9, 1764. 
Nathan, b. July 1, 1765; m. Eunice Puffer. 
David, b. Aug.'l6, 1767; m. Elizabeth Barrow. 
John, b. Oct. 13, 1769; m. Elizabeth Stearns. 

318. JosiAH Whitney (David, Benjamin, John, John), b. Nov. 22, 1730; ni. 
June 15, 1762, Sarah Laurence, b. July 21, 1737, d. Sept. 14, 1794. He served in a 
Waltham company during the Revolutionary war. He d. Dec. 3, 1800; res. Waltham 
and Ashby, Mass. 

Sarah, b Apr. 18, 1763. 
JosiAH, b. June 23, 1765; m. Mary Barrett. 

Rhoda, b. Aug. 22, 1768; m. May 8, 1794, Amos Smith, b. Feb. 26, 
1762; res. Waltham. She d. Feb. 25, 1817. Ch.: Amos, b. Dec. 
26, 1794; Sarah.b. Mar.8, 1796; d. Sept. 25, 1804; John, b. Oct. 18, 

1797; Alice, b. May 7, 1799, d. ,1800; Alice, b. Jan. 28, 1801; 

m. Dec. 23, 1824, Uriah B. Stearns; John, b. Apr. 13, 1802; Luke, 
b. May 17, 1803; Darius, b. Aug. 3, 1804; Sarah, b. Nov. 30. 1806; 
Josiah, b. Nov. 7,1808. 
Jonathan, b. May 8. 1772; m. Sarah Child. 
Anna, bap. Apr. 2. 1775. 
Lucy, bap. July 28, 1776. 
Nancy, b. 

819. Jonas Whitney (David, Benjamin, John, John), b. June 25, 1733; m. 
Sept. 27, 1757, Sarah Whittemore of Lexington, b. 1728; d. July 26, 1821. 

Jonas Whitney was s. of Ensign David of Waltham. He followed his elder 
hro. to Nar. No 2, and on the 20th July, 1757, bought of Samuel Merriam, of Lex., 
the farm and buildings originally belonging to Nathan Merriam, dec'd. The estate 
consisted, substantially, of the present homestead of Daniel Harrington and his s., 
James, in the south part of the town. The house then standing on the premises was 
located some twelve or fifteen rods N. E. of the now existing one, in the open field, 
all marks of which were long since obliterated. He m. Sarah Whittemore of Lex- 
ington, by whom he had 5 ch. The inventory of his estate was returned to probate 
court at Worcester by wife, Sarah, who was administratrix, Feb. 2, 1779. He d. Sept. 
8, 1778; res. Westminster, Mass. 

869. i. Joel. b. Sept. 13, 1765; m. Lucy Holden and Mrs. Abigail (Holden) 


870. ii. Jonas, b. Nov. 10, 1761; m. Elizabeth Raymond. 

871. iii. RuHAMAH, b. Apr. 11, 1763; m. Dec. 26, 1786, Ebenezer Ross, of 

Sterling. He was b. Nov. 9, 1756; d. Mar. 5, 1833. She d. Oct. 
9, 1840. Ch.: Ebenezer, b. Sterling, Nov. 9, 1787; d. Mar. 12, 1868; 
Sarah, b. June 23, 1789; d. Mar. 18, 1865; Nabby, b. July 1, 1793; 
Mason, b. Sept. 25, 1797; d. Sept. 27, 1845; m. Mary Richardson 
Jan. 7, 1821; Kezia, b. Nov. 20, 1799; d. Feb. 26, 1859; m. 
Ephraim Nelson Jan.27,1842; Elvira, b. Feb. 23,1802; d. July 11, 
1833; Lucy, b. Jan. 18, 1807; d. June, 1883; m. James H. Bennett 
Nov. 16, 1836. Descendants: Mrs. Laura E. Miller, Gardner, 
Mass.; James M. Bass, Irving, Mass.; Mrs. Ira Nichols, W. 
Sterling, Mass. 
■ 872. iv. Benjamin, b. Apr. 28, 1770; m. Nancy Fuller. 

873. v. Joseph, b. Apr. 27, 1768; d. Sept. 13, 1778. 

821. Benjamin Whitney (Daniel, Benjamin, John, John), b. Apr. 12, 1723; ni. 
Deliverence ; res. Watertown, Mass., and Dummerston.Vt. 

874. 1. Henry, b. Jan. 8. 1745. 

875. ii. Lydia, b. Sept. 1, 1749. 

876. iii. Benjamin, b. Feb. 2, 1751. 

877. iv'. Deliverance, b. Nov. 20, 1757. 

878. v. Esther, b. ; m. Apr. 21, 1799, Washington Burnham. He 

was accidentally drowned. She m. again and moved away from 

879. vi. Sally, b. ; m. William Kelley and William Crosby of D. 

880. vii. Polly, b. ; m. Elijah W. Stearnes and Nathan Adams of D. 

322. Simon Whitney ;Daniel, Benjamin, John, John), b. Mar. 20, 1727; m. May 
































26, 1757, Mary Ruggles, d. Mar. 12, 1773; m. 2d. Mary Seaver; 3d, Sarah . 

He d. Oct. 16, 1797; res. Watertown, Mass. 

Nathaniel R., b. Mar. 19, 1759; m. Abigail Frothingham. 

Dorothy, b. July 22, 1760; d. 1761. 

Mary, b. Jan. 10, 1762; d. 1765. 

Grace, b. July, 1763; d. Sept. 1763. 

Lucy, bap. Oct. 25, 1767; d. prob. bef. 1797; not mentioned in will. 

Anna, bap. July 23, 1769; prob. d. bef. 1797; not mentioned in will. 

Sarah, b. Jan. 25, 1773; m. Aug. 29, 1792, Phinehas Jennison. He 
was bap. June 14, 1770; res. Newton, Mass. 

Simon, b. Apr. 12, 1778. 

Richard, b. Jan. 12, 1782; m. Mary Elizabeth Parker. 

Mary, b. , Mentioned in father's will. 

326. Daniel Whitney (Daniel, Benjamin, John, John), b. Dec. 7, 1735; m. 
Mary Harrington. He served in the Revolutionary army in the company of Capt. 
Wyman of Westford; res. Waltham, Mass. 

Mary Kimball, b. Apr. 2. 1775. 

Katherine, b. Feb. 21, 1777; m.(Feb. 17, 1803, Francis S. Hooker 

of Rutland).? 
Daniel, b. Nov. 8, 1778. 

Charles, b. Nov. 16, 1780; m. Sybil Chenery. 
Israel, b. Aug. 14, 1782. 
Dorothy, b. Aug. 4, 1784; m. May 9, 1805, Nathaniel Bright, b. 

Mar. 4, 1777. She d. Mar. 25, 1818; Nathaniel, b. Mar. 13, 1806; 

d. Julv 17,1828; Samuel, b. Jan. 7, 1808; m. Elizabeth Bright; 

William, b. Dec. 29, 1810; d. Dec. 7, 1840. Jonathan Brown, b. 

Feb. 21, 1816; m. Maria G. Harding; res. Cambridgeport, Mass. 

898. vii. Grace, b. Jan. 6, 1789. 

899. viii. Elisha, b. July 21, 1792. 

327. Capt. Joshua Whitney (Daniel, Benjamin, John, John), b, Apr. 3, 1737; 
m. Jan. 26, 1759, Mary Clarke, of Newton; b. Apr. 14," 1741 : d. July 4, 1796; m. 2d 
Mar. 13, 1797, Abigail Wood, of Rutland; b. 1744; d. Oct. 5, 18:-;8. 

He lived on what is now Millbury street, opposite the head of the present Cam- 
bridge street, was captain of the training band, was a farmer, and while plowing in 
the held with his team was called into service. Unhitching his team he started for 
Boston with others. His son, William Clarke, who was then eleven years of age, 
went with the men to take back the team. He said the lady of the house where they 
stopped in Boston asked his father if he would have some tea his answer was " No." 
She said, " then I will give your little boy some." So he got some. Capt. Joshua was 
active in drilling and furnishing men for the Revolutionary war. He was an original 
member of the American Political society, was one of the committee appointed by 
the town May 16, 1774, to report instructions to be observed by Mr. Joshua Bigelow, 
the representative to the General Court. In 1778 he was captain of the Worcester 
Military company. Joshua Whitney resided in Worcester, Mass., and sold land in 
Paris, Me., to his two sons, Daniel and Wm. Clarke, in 1785-88 In seating the meet- 
ing house in 1763, Capt. Joshua Whitney was given pew number 12. Capt. Joshua 
Whitney's will, of Worcester, mentions wife Abigail; daughter, Lucy Chapin, wife of 
Thaddeus Chapin; gives to Mary Whitney, wife of Samuel Whitney; sons, Daniel 
and Clarke; daughter, Dorothy Adams; gives to Calvin, son of daughter Dorothy; 
daughter Grace Ranks, wife of John Ranks; gives to Lyd'a Elder, wife of John 
Elder; gives to sons Joshua and Israel. Exec. Israel Whitney. He d. May 7, 1809; 
res. Worcester, Mass. 

900. i. Lucy, b. June 2, 1759; m. June 24, 1780, Thaddeus Chapin; b. Apr. 

10, 1756, in Uxbridge, Mass., son of Benjamin, who moved to 
Worcester in 1760. He lived near the edge of Auburn on the 
west side of Pakachoag Hill, which was later a part of Ward. 
Ch.: Dr. Benjamin, b. May 20, 1781; m. Comfort Bancroft and 
Miss Patch, 2 Ch.: Benjamin and Clark; Luther, b. Oct. 5,1783, 
had a son Luther, of Ware, father of Ca]it. Charles S.,of Wor. 
Jemima, b. July 12, 1785; m. Wm. Coes; Catherine, b. Mar. 17, 
1787; m. in Conn; Dorothy, b Nov. 4, 1789; m. Wm. Trow- 
bridge, of Sheboygan, Wis.; Dea. Lewis, b. May 27, 1792; m. 
Achsah Trowbridge, and d. Nov. 25, 1874; Leonard, b. July 19, 




























Mary, b. June 19, 1761; m. June 24, 1778, Samuel Whitney. 

Daniel, b. July 3, 1763; m. . 

Wm. Clarke, b. Oct. 19, 1765; m. Sophia Fuller and Dorothy 

Dorothy, b. June 19, 1770; m. May, 1797, Joseph Adams. Ch.: 

Calvin, b. . 

Grace, b. Mar. 6, 1776; m. Mar. 8, 1797, John Ranks. 
Lydia, b. June 26, 1768; m. Feb. 15, 1792, John Elder, Jr. 
JosHL'A, b. June 17, 1773. 
Israel, b. Apr. 6, 1781; m. Lucy Mahan. 

^328. Henry Whitney (Daniel, Benjamin, John, John), b. Dec. 3, 1738; m. Jan. 
-5, 1769, Hannah Tombs, of Newton. He was in one of the Watertown companies in 
the Revolutionary war. He died bef. 1790, about 1788; res. Watertown, Mass. 

Benjamin, b. Mar. 10, 1770; non compos mentis. 

Lydia, b. Dec. 28, 1770; d. in 1776. 

Anna, b. Dec. 27, 1774; d. in 1776. 

Hannah, b. in 1775; d. Dec. 24, 1776. 

Elizabeth, b. ; res. Dummerton, Vt. 

Henry, b. ; m. Fanny Miller. 

329. Israel Whitney (Daniel, Benjamin, John, John), b. Watertown, Mass., 
Aug. 6, 1741; m. there Sept., 1765, Jemima Robbing; b. ^iar. 31, 1747. After Israel's 
death, she m. 2d, Nathaniel Kingsbury. In 1791 in the Suffolk County Court Kings- 
bury was appointed guardian of Israel and Dorothy. He d. in 1774; res. Watertown, 

Anna, b. 1767; d. 1767. 

Jemima, b. July 23, 1768; m. David Fairbanks; res. Dedham, Mass. 

Mary, b. Feb. 22, 1770. 

Dorothy, b. Nov. 10, 1771. 

Israel, b. Mar. 7, 1774; d. Sept., 1775. 

Israel, b. Mar. 10, 1775; m. Mary Fuller. 

332. Dr. Elisha Whitney (Daniel, Benjamin, John, John), b. Feb. 27, 1747; 
m. at Ipswich, 1777, Eunice Farley, b. 1757; d. May 1, 1809. 

Dr. Elisha Whitney married Eunice, dau. of Gen. Michael and Elizabeth 
(Choate) Farley, of Ipswich. He was graduated at Harvard college in 1766 and went 
first to Hamilton, then a part of Ipswich, in 1772. Beverlv was largely engaged in 
privateering and among its successful commanders were Capt. Giles and Capt. Hugh 
Hill with whom Dr. Whitney sailed several times, as surgeon. On one occasion 
Capt. Giles was so severely wounded that amputation of one leg became necessary. 
Dr. Whitney jierformed the operation in so satisfactory a manner that the captain 
presented him with a chaise found on board, the prize which had been manufactured 
for the governor of Barbadoes. On a later cruise they fell in with a British vessel of 
superior force, and after short but sharp engagement they were compelled to sur- 
render and were carried into Halifax. "Michael Farley petitions the Council of 
Massachusetts, Dec. 20, 1777, that Dr. Whitney, now a prisoner at Halifax, may be 
exchanged for Dr. McCullough,a British prisoner, billeted at Ipswich." (Felt's His- 
tory of Ipswich.) Dr. Whitney also volunteered as surgeon in Col. Wade's regi- 
ment, raised in 1784 to suppress Shay's rebellion. Dr. Whitney removed to Beverly 
in 1793, where "his cheerfulness, benevolence and professional skill gave him a 
deserved popularity, and at his death he was universally lamented." He died at 
Beverly Feb. 22, 1807. Mrs. Eunice Whitney was buried at Beverly. It is said that 
Dr. Whitney was among those interested in introducing inoculation for smallpox, 
and one and perhaps more of his younger children died from the consequences of 
their inoculation, but there seems to be no authority for this story. He d. Feb. 22, 
1807; res. Beverly, Mass. 

921. viii. Israel, b. Nov. 4, 1797; m. Mary H. Flagg. 

Elisha, b. in 1778; d. young. 

Michael, b. ; d. young. 

Elizabeth, b. Dec. 25, 1782; m. Josiah Page. Ch.: Marianne, b. 
1809; d. unm. 1873. She d. 1878. 

Susan, b. ; m. Benjamin Lovett. She d. s. p. 1870. 

Michael, b. ; m. Nancy Leech and Elizabeth Leech. 

Dorothy, b. ; m. Josiah Lovett. Ch.: Horace, d. young. 

She d. 1830. 
























928. vii. Lucv.b. ; m. Nathaniel Lamson. Ch.: Chas. W., Israel W., 

Nathaniel, d. ae. 18. 

929. ix. Marianne, b. ; d. young. 

930. X. Israel, b. ; d. young. 

931. xi. Elisha, b. ; m. Clara Lovett and d. s. p. 

334. Salmon Whitney (Moses, Moses, Richard, John), b. Jan. 8, 1712; m. June 
4, 1734, Sarah . He d. Mar. 16, 1759; res. Groton and Littleton, Mass. 

932. i. Lois, b. 1744; m. Oct. 3, 1764, Col. Joseph Bellows. He was born 

June 6, 1744; died May 3, 1817. Col. Bellows was a farmer in 
Lunenburg until 1786, when he moved to Walpole. The promi- 
nent traits of his character were refined and elevated feelings; 
a deep religious sentiment; generosity in excess, and a warm 
sympathy with the distressed. These dispositions, united with 
extreme nervous sensibility, so involved him with any one that 
asked his assistance, that he suffered some pecuniary loss, 
which led to anxiety about the support of his family, and 
induced a mental derangement that continued during the last 
thirty years of his life. Ch.: Salmon, b. and d. 1765; Salmon, 
b. Sept. 9, 1766; m. Lydia Cox; res. Ashtabula, O.; John, b. Jan. 
12, 1768; m. Betsey Eames and Anne Langdon; res.. Boston and 
Walpole. John, the third son, was the father of Rev. Henry 
Whitnev Bellows, who was born in Boston, June 11, 1814, and 
died in 'New York, Jan. 30, 1882. He was pastor of All Soul's 
church in the latter city for over forty years. Was chosen 
president of the U. S. Sanitary Commission of 1861, and directed 
the distribution of §15,000,000 in supplies, and 85,000,000 in 
money; Benjamin, b. Apr. 7, 1769; m. Lucy Cox; res. Ascott, 
Canada; Joseph, b. 1770; m. Deborah Wright and Mary Adams; 
res. Walpole; Oliver, b. and d. 1771; Levi, b. Oct. 23, 1772; 
res. Rockingham, Vt.; Olive, b. and d. 1774; Abel, b. Jan. 
27, 1776; m. Harriett Houghton; res. Montreal and Walpole; 
Thomas, b. Mar. 15, 1779; m. Sarah Dana, of Barre, Mass.; res. 
Walpole; Susan, b. Aug. 18, 1780; m. Major Jonas Robeson; res. 
Fitzwilliam, N. H.; Sarah, b. May 18, 1782; m. Calvin Ripley; 
res. Lowell; Louisa, b. May 9, 1785; m. Jacob N. Knapp, of 
Walpole, who gr. Harv. Coll. 1802; Polly, b. and d. 1786. 

933. ii. Susanna, b. 1749; m. Dec. 6, 1768, Edmund Stone, of Templeton, 


335. Rev. Aaron Whitney (Moses, Moses, Richard, John), b. in Littleton, 
Mass., Mar. 14, 1714; m. July 12, 1739, Alice Baker of Phillipston; b. 1718; d. Aug. 26, 
1767; m. 2d Nov. 6, 1768, Mrs. Ruth (Hubbard) Stearns; b. 1716; d. Nov. 1, 1788, dau. 
of Jonathan Hubbard, of Lunenburg, and wid. of Rev. David Stearns. Sept. 6, 1738, 
the town of Petersham, Mass., voted to "settle an orthodox minister in this place." 
Mr. Aaron Whitney was chosen as the minister, and received as a settlement a 
proprietor's lot with ^200 in money, and an annual salary of £lbO. The church was 
gathered in Oct. 1738, and consisted of fifteen male members. Mr. Whitney was 
ordained in December of that year, and preached acceptably to his people until, 
when the storm of the approaching revolution was gathering, he espoused the royal 
•cause, and in his sermons and prayers inculcated submission to King George III. As 
he persisted in this course, at length the popular indignation rose to such a pitch 
that the church was rent with dissentions, and public worship was neglected. In 
1774 he was dismissed from the parish, but refused to accept his papers, and by vote 
of the town, Peter Gore, a half-breed Indian, was stationed at the meeting-house door 
-with a musket to keep the Tory preacher from entering. He afterward preached at 
bis own house regularly to those who sympathized with the royal cause, and claimed 
to be the minister of the town up to the time of Lis death, which occurred in 1779, in 
the sixty-sixth year of his age. From the first Rev. Whitney was an uncompromis- 
ing Tory. At a town meeting held Dec. 13, 1774, it was voted that the town will not 
bargain with or employ the Rev. Mr. Whitney to preach for them any longer. On 
the 24th of May of the following year (1775) the town voted unanimously "that it will 
not hire the Rev. Mr. Whitney to preach any longer, and that he be dismissed from 
any further services as a minister of the gospel in this town." As the pastor was as 
determined to preach as the town was opposed to his efforts in that direction, they 
chose a committee of ten to see that the public worship on the next Lord's day, and 












all future worship, be not disturbed by any person or persons going into the desk 
but such as shall be authorized and endorsed by the town committee. Aaron's will 
is dated July 15, 1779; mentions wife, Ruth, and children, Charles, Aaron, Alice 
Mann, Lucy Kendall, Peter, Paul, and Abel. The estate was settled by agreement 
of the heirs Nov. 12, 1779. He d. Sept. 8, 1779; res. Petersham, Mass. 

934. i. Abel, b. Littleton, Mass., July 7, 1740; d. Mar. 15, 1756, while at 

Cambridge attending Harvard University. He was buried in 

Cambridge. His epitaph is as follows: 

Hie spultus est Abel 

Reverendi Aaionis 

Whitney Petershamensis 

Filius, et Collegii 
Harvardini Alumnus; qui 
Anno JEias, 16 mo occubuit 
Martii 15 mo, A. D. 1756. 
Peter, b. Sept. 6, 1744; m. Julia Lambert. 
Paul, b. Mar. 23, 1753; m. Charlotte Clapp. 
Abel, b. Mar. 15, 1756; m. Clarissa Dwight. 
Richard, b. Feb. 23, 1757; prob. d. bef. 1779; not. men. in will. 
Aaron, b. Sept. 5, 1746; m. Hannah Stearnes and Hannah Will- 

940. vii. Alice, b. Sept. 23, 1748; m. Aug. 19, 1773, Ensign Mann of Peter- 

sham. Ensign Man was a graduate of Harvard and went to 
Petersham in 1767 to teach school, having previously taught in 
Lancaster. He was a prominent Whig and warmly espoused 
the cause of liberty. He was b. July 15, 1740, and d. Dec. 21, 
1829; she d. Sept. 20, 1806; res. Petersham, Mass. Ch.: Alice. 
b. Apr 10, 1775; m. Thomas Lincoln, and d. July 20, 1805; Lucy, 
b. May 9, 1777; d. unm. Feb. 14, 1859; Ensign, b. July 14, 1778; 
m. Lydia Filmore, and d. 1810; Thomas, b. May 6, 1780; m. 
Esther Stone, and d. 1853; Julianna, b. Mar. 2, 1783; d. unm. 
Mar. 22, 1813; Wm., b. Sept. 2, 1784; d. unm. 1861; Samuel, b. 
Mar. 21, 1787; m. Sarah Luce, and d. in 1856; Priscilla, b. June 
4, 1790; m. Holland Goodnow, and d. July 29, 1836; a son is 
A. W.; res. Wellesley, Mass.; Hannah, b. July 30, 1792; m. John 
Briggs, and d. Oct. 3, 1865. 

941. viii. Lucy, b. Apr. 9, 1751; m. Rev. Dr. Samuel Kendall of New Salem, 

Settled in Weston, Mass. 

942. ix. Charles, b. May 14, 1742; res. Phillipston, Mass., but d. in Vt. 

338. Ephraim Whitney (Moses, Moses, Richard, John), b. Lunenburg, Mass., 
Mar. 1, 1723; m. Jan. 16, 1745, Jane Bancroft. They were dismissed to the church in 
Chesterfield, N. H., in 1781. He d. in Chesterfield; res. Petersham, Mass., and 
Chesterfild, N. H. 

943. i. Moses, b. Jan. 11, 1747. Moses Whitney was the first of the name 

in Rindge, and for some time prior to the Revolutionary war 
was a merchant. He moved from New Salem in Jan., 1772. 

His wife's name was Sarah , and his children were 

Moses, Ephraim, and Salmon. 

944. ii. Ephraim, b. Aug. 12, 1749. 

945. iii. Molly, b. Sept. 25, 1755. 

345. Abraham Whitney (Abraham, Moses, Richard, John), b. Stow, July 31, 
1724; m. Dec. 19, 1745, Marcy Perry, b. Oct. 8, 1726, in Sudbury; d. Dec. 28, 1828, 
age 102 years 2 months and 28 days. He d. Apr. 3, 1818; res. Stow, Mass. 

Jacob, b. July 7, 1754; m. Esther Walcott. 

Lucy, b. Sept. 29, 1746; m. Whitcomb. 

Isaac, b. Feb. 1, 1749; m. Lucy Mead. 

Abraham, b. Jan. 7, 1752; m. Mehitable Ware, Sarah Whitman, 
Catherine Wood, and Mrs. Sarah Conant Jewell. 

Levi, b.* Nov. 80, 1769; d. Nov. 2, 1770. 

Ruth, b. Feb. 16, 1762; m. Dec. 1, 1781, Icbabod Stow. 

MoLLY,b. Dec. 15, 1764; m. Aug. 26, 1784, Nathan Brooks, of Stow. 

Levi, b. June 6, 1767. 

Mary, b. Feb. o, 1770. 




































955. X. Rhoda, b. Nov. 15, 1771. 

956. xi. Marcy, b. Apr. 2, 1751; m. Forbush. 

350. ToNAS Whitney (Jonas, Moses, Richard, John), b. Harvard, July 2, 1727; 
m. Sept. l;i 1750, Zebudah Davis, b. H. Apr. 11, 1728; d. 1806. He was elected one 
of the selectmen in 1751. In seating the meeting house in 1775 he was given the 
third seat. His will was probated Dec. 6, 1791. Her will was probated Nov. 3, 1806. 
He d. Dec. 23, 1791; res. Harvard, Mass. 

Merriam, b. Aug. 8, 1752; d. Apr. 30, 1773. 

Ephraim, b. Apr. 2, 1754. 

Jonas, b. Mar. 3, 1756; m. Relief Holt. 

LVDIA, b. Oct. 17, 1757; d. May 1, 1759. 

Salmon, b. Feb. 16, 1760; m. Hepsabeth Raymond. 

Joel, b. Oct. 15, 1762; m. Lydia Willard. 

Israel, b. Jan. 16, 1767; m. Susannah Gerry. 

Peter, b. Aug. 17, 1772; went to Me. 

Levi, b. June 28, 1751; m. Sarah Laurence and Hepsibeth Fay. 

Lucy, b. . 

851. Dr. Ephraim Whitney (Jonas, Moses, Richard, John), b. Stow, Mass., 

Sept. 19, 1728; m. in Petersham, Mass.. Jan. 11,1759, Marcy Winslow, b. ; d. -. 

Doctor Whitney was born in Stow, Mass., but resided in Petersham at the time of his 
marriage. During the Revolutionary war he was a Tory and on that account was 
obliged to flee to the provinces. His property was confiscated by the Massachusetts 
authorities and to partially recompense his loss the Crown granted him a township in 
Canada called Charlotte. His descendants have a claim there yet, but have not done 
anything in relation to it, as it would cost more to substantiate it than the property is 
worth. He died in 1801, aged 72. He was an eccentric man; woie his beard the 
latter part of his life, and left directions that he should be buried with it unshaven. 
He d. July 26, 1801; res. Petersham, Mass. 

961'. i. Lemuel, b. Oct. 18, 1764; m. Lydia Bjvant. 

968. iii. Richard, b. Feb. 28, 1767; d. Sept. 9, 1815. Hon. Richard Whit- 
ney was the third son of Dr. Ephraim and was born in Peters- 
ham; he fitted for college and entering Harvard was graduated 
in 1787 in the same class with John Quincy Adams. He was a 
man of superior talents, and uncommon aptitude for teaching. 
He studied law, and entered his profession in Brattleboro, Vt., 
with fair prospects of a brilliant career, but he fell a lamented 
victim of a well known destroyer. In 1806 he was elected 
Secretary of State of Vermont. He died while undergoing treat- 
ment for insanity at Hinsdale, N. H., and is buried there. His 
gravestone reads as follows: "Here lies the mortal remains of 
Richard Whitney, Counsellor at Law, Brattleboro, Vermont, 
who departed this life Sept. 9, 1815; ae. 39 years. Those who 
knew him not, may learn from this monumental stone that his 
virtues have rendered his memory precious to his bereaved 
friends. The sight of it will excite a tender recollection of his 
worth in the bosom of those who knew him, and a tear of sincere 
regret at his early and untimely departure. Let us humbly hope 
he has gone where his virtues will be justly appreciated." 

Samuel Winslow, b. Dec. 17, 1769; m. '- , 

John, b. July 1, 1760; m. Hannah Bigelow. 
Susanna, b. Aug. 25, 1762. 
Ephraim, b. Sept. 9. 1776. 
RUFUS, b. July 26, 1781. 
Harriott, b. Jan. 1, 1784. 

35«L Squire Timothy Whitney (Jonas, Moses, Richard, John), b. Harvard, 
Feb. 1, 1729; m. May 20, 1752, Alice Whitney, of Harvard. They were m. in Har- 
vard, he of Lancaster, she of Harvard. She was b. Apr. 13, 1733 (see); d. in June, 
1803. He d. June 23, 1803, in H.; res. Harvard and Petersham, Mass. 
" ^ Oliver, b. Mar. 10, 1754; d. Dec. 18, 1772. 

Abel, b. Sept. 19, 1752; m. , 

Simon, b. June 28, 1756; m. Lucy Hammond. 

Relief, b. Feb. 2, 1758; m. Abel Wilder. He was b. Feb. 10, 
1758; d. Feb., 1831; a farmer, then a merchant. He was in the 






















Rev. war and was at Saratoga when Gen. Burgoyne was cap- 
tured in 1777. Ch.: Lucy Wilder, b. Oct. 8, 1778; m. Benjamin 

Randall; Alice, b. June 15, 1780; m. McClellan; Simon, 

b. May 7, 1782; d. abt. 1807, unm.; Abel, b. Sept. 1, 1783; m. 
Asenath Smith, of Barre, Jan. 19, 1808; d. 1869; Sally, b. Sept.l, 
1784; m. Uriel Smith (my uncle), Dec. 25, 1803; d. at Euclid, O., 
abt. 1845: Nathaniel, b. Nov. 11, 1785; m. Mrs. Mann; d. abt. 
1850; Abigail, b. June 21, 1787; d. abt. 1800, unm.; Paul, b. June 

28, 1789; m. Katharine ; d. abt. 1855; Lydia, b. Aug. 2, 

1791; m. Ephraim Howe; d. early; Relief, b. Oct. 2, 1792; m. 
Ephraim Howe, d. 1843; Silas Whitney Wilder, b. May 21, 

1795; m. — — , also Lucy Johnson; d. ; Barnabas, 

b. Oct. 22, 1796; d. 1816, unm.; Polly, b. Jan. 30, 1799; m. Phin- 
eas Wheelock, of Barre, abt. 1820; d. Feb. 7, 1885; one son, 
Austin G. Wheelock, res. at Barre, and for some years was post- 
master; he resides with his sister; Joel, b. June 27, 1802; m. 
Clarinda Cheney; d. Feb. 12, 1872. Abel Wilder (Jr.) was born 
at Petersham, Mass., Sept. 1, 1783. He grew up on his father's 
farm, a little away from "the common." He was duly baptized 
under the "Half-way Covenant." He married Asenath Smith 
Jan. 19, 1808. They first made their home at St. Albans, Vt., 
where his brother Paul and brother-in-law, Uriel Smith, also had 
emigrated. It was a " new country." There three children 
were born. The war of 1812 ruined markets in Vermont, and 
so he left in 1813 and came to Verona, Oneida county, N. Y., 
where his wife's father was living with a second wife, three sons, 
and two daughters. Here he made his home till 1853, on a 
farm of ninety acres. The family increased to ten. All are dead 
but Alexander and Judge Barnabas H. Wilder, of Laddonia, 
Mo. They were all reared in the Congregational church. He 
was first a Federalist, then a "National Republican," Anti-ma- 
son, Whig, and Republican. He was chiefly characterized by 
promptitude in business, over-cautiousness in financial adven- 
ture, great aptitude for traffic. But Wilders, though good 
assistants, seldom aspire to lead. In 1853 he removed to Ches- 
ter, Geauga Co., O., and made his home with his oldest son till 
his death. Abel's son Alexander was an apt scholar; at 14 he 
was master of all the common-school branches, and began 
Latin, rhetoric, natural philosophy, botany, and chemistry. 
Next year he taught, and went to school no more. Since that 
he has been his own teacher as well as pupil. He worked at 
farming, principally, till 1850, when he became a teacher of 
medicine and practicing physician. In 1852 he became associ- 
ate editor of the Syracuse Sta?- with Mr. S. Corning Judd, and 
two years later he served in the same capacity with Hon. 
Andrew Shuman. His political career perhaps now began. In 
1854 he became a clerk in the State Department of Public 
Instruction, and at the request of the superintendent, Mr. Victor 
M. Rice, editor of the NewYorkZ^a^^/', he spent six weeks in 1857 
at Springfield, 111., where he drafted the bill to establish the Nor- 
mal University. Gen. Hovey tells me that it never requested 
an amendment. John A. Logan and Norman B. Judd were its 
champions. Returning east, he became a member of the 
staff of the Evening Post in 1858, and continued there till 1871. 
He was its legislative correspondent, and procured the passage 
of three laws incorporating the Eclectic Medical College, 
State Medical Society, and the National E. M. Association. 
He was the person who was permitted to copy Mr. Lincoln's 
letter in 1863 to the Illinois Young Men's Convention, under a 
solemn pledge that it should not be printed prematurely, and 
Mr. Charles Nordhoff, then editor, violated the promise. In 
1871 he was elected alderman of New York on the anti-Tweed 
ticket, receiving the largest vote ever given a Republican, and 
going out of office poor. Weary of politics and admonished 
by two attacks of pneumonia, he made his home in Newark. 








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There he led the life of a student. In 1873 he reluctantly con- 
sented to lecture in the Eclectic Medical College of New York, 
but relinquished it, disgusted, in 1877, only, however, to take a 
chair in the United States Medical College a year later. This 
institution was closed by a curious decision of the Court of 
Appeals, that a medical college was not a scientific but an 
eleemosynary institution. His tastes and aptitudes, however, 
are philosophic rather than medical. In 1873 he helped organ- 
ize the "American Akademe" at Jacksonville, 111., and edited 
the first four volumes of its Journal. Besides this, in 1874 he 
edited the treatises by H. M. Westropp and C. Stainland Wake 
on Phallicism; of Thomas Taylor on Eleusinian and Bacchic 
Mysteries; of Hyde Clark on Serpent and Siva Worship, and 
R. Payne Knight on Symbolical Language of Ancient Art and 
Mythology. He has also in preparation a History of Medicine, 
a Treatise on Ancient Symbolism and Serpent Worship, and a 
translation of lamblichos on Mysteries of the Egyptians. He 
has printed the following pamphlets: Intermarriage of Kin- 
dred; Ganglionic Nervous Systems; Mind, Thought, Cerebra- 
tion; Philosophy and Ethics of the Zoroasters; Later Platon- 
ists; Paul and Plato; The Soul; Life Eternal; The Resurrec- 

Peter, b. Apr. 20, 1760; m. Mary Blair. 

Silas, b. Apr. 29, 1762; m. Mamre Bradley. 

Timothy, b. Apr. 22, 1764; m. Lois Baker and Mrs. Smith. 

Hezekiah, b. Oct. 14, 1766; m. Mehitable Haven. 

Jonathan, b. Sept. 14, 1768; m. Dolly Smith. 

Jonas, b. Oct. 21, 1770; m. Mary Noble. 

Alice, b. Aug. 3, 1772; m. Simeon Pelton. Ch.: Charlotte, m. 
W^alker (Troy), ch., Emily (Mich.), Louisa, and one son; Huldah 
m. Sweet(Sandy Hill), ch., boy and girl; Sallie, m. James Lomis 
(Southwick, Mass.), four children; Harriet, m. Closes Lomis, 
three children; Orpha m. Ives, (Lansingburg), ch., Adeline, 
Orpha, Oscar, Chauncey, Adeline, m. Van Schaach (Manluis, 
N. Y.)., ch., Orpha, Lydia and others; Lydia, m. Hibbard 
(Chicago); Loring m. Polly Hilton, ch., Wallace and Loring; 
Wallace had one son; Loring m. Kate Marsh; Kate m. Caruth 
(Chicago), d. Apr., 1886, left son and daughter; Edwin m. ; Lucius 
and left one child; Timothy m. a Mrs. Searles and res. in Ohio. 

Oliver, b. Jan. 18, 1775; d. June 20, 1780. 

Paul, b. Apr. 13, 1777; m. Dollie Darwin and Lucinda Marsh. 

BARNAHAS.b. Apr. 13, 1777; m. Harriett Heileman. 

353. Moses Whitney (Jonas, Moses, Richard, John), b. Harvard, Oct. 17, 1733; 
m. July 7, 1756, Betty Hutchins; res. Harvard, Mass. 

989. i. Betty, b. Dec.9, 17ri6. 

990. ii. Bethiah, b. Jan. 22, 1757. 

991. iii. Lvcv, b. Oct. 10, 1759. 

992. iv. Moses, b. Mar. 18, 1761. 

355. Aaron Whitney (Jonas, Moses, Richard, John), b. Harvard, July 2, 1740; 
m. Dec. 16, 1765, Anna Laurence; d. July 16, 1773; m. 2d, Apr. 21, 1774, Sarah (Sally) 
Pollard. During the Revolutionary war he was in the company commanded by Capt. 
Burt in Col. Whitcomb's regiment. Aaron Whitney's will of Harvard, yeoman; wife, 
Sarah; son, Moses; son, Aaron; son, Abel; dau., Anna Danforth, wife of Benj. Dan- 
forth; dau., Sarah Davis, wife of Eleazer Davis. Aaron Whitney, son, exec. May 20, 
1817. He d. Apr. 13, 1817; res. Harvard, Mass. 

993. i. Anna, b. Nov. 18, 1766; m. June 21, 1803, Benjamin Danforth. 

994. ii. Sarah, b. May 23, 1769; m. Apr. 10, 1787, in Harvard, Eleazer 


995. iii. Moses, b. May 3, 1772; d. Apr. 25, 1773. 

996. iv. Moses, b. Oct. 5, 1775; m. Patty . 

997. v. Aaron, b. Nov. 7 , 1777; m.Sally Flagg and Mrs. Susan (Hartwell) 


998. vi. Abel, b. Feb. 17, 1786. 






















368. Isaac Whitney -(Lemuel, Moses, Richard, John), b. Stow, May 25, 1747 ;m. 
Oct. 13, 1774, Lydia Taylor. He was in the Revolutionary war in the company com- 
manded by Capt. Cranston from Stow. In 1779 his age was given as 32; res. Stow, 

999. i. Esther, b. June 12, 1775. 

1000. ii. SoLO.MON, b. Nov. 25, 1776. 

1001. iii. Rachel, b. Aug. 25, 1779. 

370. Elias Whitney (Lemuel, Moses, Richard, John), b. Stow; m. Rachel 
; res. Stow, Mass. 

Lydia, b. Nov. 3, 1759. 

Hezekiah, b. May 26, 1761; m. Sarah . 

Sarah, b. July 11, 1763 

Rachel, b. Aug. 10, 1772; d. Aug. 16, 1778. 

Amos, b. ; m. Patty Wilder. 

Mary A., b. ; m. — Esterbrook. 

Elmira, b. ; m. Peter Kisamus. 

371. Lemuel Whitney (Lemuel, Moses, Richard, John), b. Stow; ni. Elizabeth 

; d. Oct. 16, 1803. He was in the Revolutionary army in the company from 

Stow. He d. Mav 6, 1803; res. Stow, Mass. 

1009. i. ' Lois, b. June 14, 1761; m. Oliver Houghton. 

1010. ii. Lemuel, b. Jan. 25, 1767; m. Dorcas Gates. 

1011. iii. Betty, b. Feb. 18, 1773; m. George Maxwell. 

1012. iv. Marcy, b. ; m. Peter Houghton. 

372. John Whitney (John, Moses, Richard, John), b. Shirley, Mar. 20, 1725; m. 
Feb. 26, 1759, Hannah Sawtell; res. Shirley, Mass. 

1013. 1. Salmon, b. June 28, 1759. He served through the Revolutionary 

war. He res. in Groton unm. and in 1783, according to probate 
court records at Camb., he was deceased and his estate settled 
and appraised by Obadiah Sawtell of Shirley, Jonathan Worces- 
ter of Groton, and Joshua Longley of Lunenburg. 

1014. ii. John, b. Feb. 28, 1761. He was in Capt. Corey's Company, of Col. 

Prescott's Regiment, during the Revolutionary war. 

374. Ezra Whitney (John, Moses, Richard, John), b. Aug. 24, 1731; m. 

-; res. Shirley, Mass. 

1015. i. Son, b. May 17, 1756. 

1016. ii. Dau., b. Dec. 18, 1757. 

376. Abner Whitney (John, Moses, Richard, John), b. Jan. 21, 1734; m. in 
Lunenburg, June 21, 1753, Sarah Hilton, b. June 6, 1734, in Boston, moved to L. with 
her parents, d. at No. Falmouth, Me., Nov., 1815. He was born probably at a place 
called Still River, in or near Groton, Mass. He married June 21, 175H, Sarah Hilton, 
Rev. David Stearns officiating at the nuptials. They lived for a few years in Shirley, 
which about this time became a district of Groton. At the breaking out of the Revo- 
lutionary war Abner enlisted (May 2,1775), in Capt. Corey's company in Col. Wil- 
liam Prescott's regiment. After the war he settled in Maine. Died in Falmouth, 
Me., Mar. 5, 1802, aged 68; res. Shirley and Deerfield, Mass., and Falmouth, Me. 

1017. i. Abner, b. Oct. 22, 1755. He was born in that part of Groton 

which was subsequently incorporated as Shirley. His early 
manhood began near the beginning of the Revolutionary war 
and his service in that struggle dates from the firing of the first 
gun at Lexington. He enlisted Apr. 19, 1775, though only 17 
years of age, and served through the war until its close, part 
of the time under Col. William Prescott. After the war he set- 
tled in North Carolina near Pasquatunk river, where he had a 
large plantation. He died about 1809, and probably left issue. 

1018. ii. Uriel, b. Sept. 11, 1757; m. Lydia Whitmore. 

1019. iii. Elijah, b. ; n. f. k. 

1020. iv. Beulah B., b. in 1761; m. Jonathan Britton. She d. in 1850 in 

Otisfield, Me. 

1021. v. Sarah, b. ; m. Jabez Bradbury, a Quaker; d Athens, Me.,. 

and left large family. 

1022. vi. Amaziah, b. ;-m. Sarah Boynton. 


1023. vii. Samuel, b. in 1759; m. Hannah Thompson. 

1024. viii. Barzillai, b. ; was drowned when 11 years ot age. 

1025. ix. William, b. in 176-; m. Hannah Briggs, of Buxton, Me.; res. 

Standish, Me. 

1026. X. Mary, b. Jan. 12, 1774; m. Stephen Howard Horsely, who was 

b. Sept. 1, 1772. Mr. Horsely was in the war of 1812, took 
part in the battle of Plattsburgh, under General Macomb. He 
d. Mar. 3, 1847. She d. Oct. 25, 1850. Ch.: Mary, b. Oct. 21, 
1798, in Boston; baptized in the Old South Church, by Joseph 
Ecklev, D D.; mar. Jan. 7. 1816, Sewal Prince; d. May 2i, 1875; 
William, b. Dec. 17, 1806; d. Jan. 7, 1808; Sally Hilton, b. Dec. 
21. 1808: m. 1st, Hiram Hill, 1836; m. 2d, John W. Burke, 
1837; d. May, 1887; Beulah Britton, b. Apr. 1, 1811; m. 1826, 
John Stokes. 

379. Daniel Whitney, (Richard, Richard, Richard, John,) b. Stow, Mass. 

Feb. 13, 1720; m. (int.) Fov. 9, 1744, Dorothy Goss, of Lancaster; b. ; d. Oct. 11 

1813. He d. in 1782; res. Stow, Mass. 

1027. i. Hannah, b. Harvard, Apr. 29, 1746; m. Wetherbee. 

1028. ii. Daniel, b. Dec. 11, 1749; m. Sarah Durant. 

1029. iii. John, b. Nov. 24, 1747; m. Mary Farnsworth. 

1030. iv. Dorothy, b. Dec. 12, 1751; m. (int.) Sept. 10, 1774, Nathan Put- 

nam, of Stow. 

1031. V. Silas, b. Jan. 13, 1754; d. May 25, 1756. 

1032. vi. Ephraim, b. Sept. 29, 1755; m. Sarah Burgess. 

1033. vii. Silas, b. Feb. 26, 1758; m. Patience Goodnow. 

1034. viii. Elizabeth, b. Aug. 4, 1760; m. Apr. 10, 1782, Ebenezer Parks, of 


1035. ix. Katherine, b. Apr. 12, 1763; m. Apr. 23, 1783, Lemuel Wheeler, 

of Lincoln. 

1036. X. Susannah, b. Oct. 11, 1766; m. Mar. 31, 1784, Stephen Weston, of 


1037. vi. Mary, b. Feb. 9, 1769; m. Mar. 20, 1787, Peter Chapin, of Acton. 

381. Richard Whitney (Richard, Richard, Richard, John), b. in Stow, 
Mass., July 31, 1725; m. in Sudbury. Dec. 10, 1747, Mary Perry, of Sudbury. Sept. 2, 
1746, Richard Whitney of Stow and wife Hannah in consideration of the love and 
affection conveyed to son Richard deed land in Harvard (Vol. 26, p. 75, Worcester 
Co. Conveyances). Richard, yeoman, of Harvard, died in 1798. He made bequests 
to all except Hannah, who had probably died before that time. James Whitney was 
executor. He d. May 4, 1798; res. Harvard, Mass. 

1038. i. Jacob, b. Mar. 24, 1748; m. Lois Hapgood and Mary Patch. 
Richard, b. Feb. 2, 1752; m. Mercy Willard. 

Mary. b. July 3, 1755; m, Dickinson. 

Reuben, b. Feb. 21, 1758; m. Lucy Fairbank. 

James, b. May 29, 1760; m. Rachel Lawton, Lucy Reed, and Susan 

Hannah, b. Oct. 17, 1763; d. Oct. 14, 1767. 
Sarah, b. Feb. 9, 1767; m. July 7, 1785, Levi Worster, of Littleton, 


383. Gen. Josiah Whitney (Richard, Richard, Richard, John), b. in Stow. 
Mass., Oct. 12, 1731; m. (int.) in Stow, Sept. 9, 1751, Sarah Farr, b. Jan. 19, 1735; 
d. Harvard, Mass., Apr. 21, 1773; m. 2d in Harvard, Feb. 3, 1774, Sarah Dwelly, of 
Bridgewater; d. Whitingham, Vt., Feb. 18,1817. 

The citizen of Harvard who held the highest military rank during the Revolu- 
tionary war was Col. Josiah Whitney. He was at that time the town's most noted 
and influential citizen and the leader of the majority in town politics. He was born 
in Stow, the youngest son of Richard and Hannah (Whitcoitib) Whitney, his mother 
being a near relative of the veteran military leaders Col. Asa and Gen. John Whit- 
comb. Sept. 2, 1746, his parents deeded to him land in Harvard, which he occu- 
pied soon after marriage. His dwelling stood nearly opposite the present almshouse 
until torn down in 1869, after it had served the town lor forty-five years as a home 
for its paupers. He inherited a fondness for military affairs, and when about his 
majority he entered upon what later proved a most brilliant military record. In the 














spring of 175o he was a member of the company commanded by Capt. William 
Pierce, that marched in Col. Whitcomb's regiment against the French and Indians 
at Crown Point. He was in the bloody battle at Lake George, Sept. 8, 1755, where 
the gallant Dieskau, leading a large force of French and Indians, was signally 
defeated by the undisciplined valor of the \ew England yeomanry led by Gen. 
Phineas Lyman. From Aug. 13 to 26, 1757, he was a member of the foot company 
commanded by Capt. Israel Taylor that marched on the late alarm for the relief of 
Fort William Henry, as far as Springfield. Sept. 26, 1774, the town approved of the 
choice of officers of the two military companies. Capt. Josiah Whitney commanded 
the youngest company. He was also captain of the company for a few years prior to 
the above date. Dec. 19, 1774, the Continental Resolves were read before the town 
and they were approved. A committee was appointed to prepare a covenant to be 
signed by the inhabitants, in which they further pledged their adherence to indepen- 
dency. Josiah Whitney was appointed one of a committee of ten to inspect breaches 
of the covenant. April, 1775, the Provincial Congress, convened at Watertown, deter- 
mined upon the establishment of an army of thirteen thousand men for the siege of 
Boston, expecting the other colonies to come to their assistance with twenty thou- 
sand more. Ten companies were to constitute a regiment as heretofore, but the 
complement was fixed at fifty-nine privates, two musicians, five corporals, four ser- 
geants, one ensign, a lieutenant, and captain. The term of enlistment was for eight 
months. Col. Asa Whitcomb, of Lancaster, was authorized to raise a regiment, and 
was one of the first to report his command complete. May 25 he announced his 
staff, of which Josiah Whitney, of Harvard, was lieutenant colonel. His regiment 
had eleven companies, containing five hundred and sixty volunteers. It was the 
largest of the twenty-six Massachusetts regiments before Boston. April 10, 1776, 
Capt. Josiah Whitney was appointed to take command of a battalion of men raised 
by the state. Oct. 29 he was in camp at Hull with his regiment, and in a communi- 
cation to the provincial council and house of representatives at Watertown, states, 
"though the pay of the state was small, yet my zeal for the liberties of my country 
was so great that I cheerfully undertook," etc. 

Upon the departure of the Continental army for New York, the Massachusetts 
militia was summoned to the defense of the coast. Two regiments were formed in 
April, 1776, for the defense of Boston harbor and stationed at Hull. For these the 
Continental organization was adopted which fixed the battalion complement at eight 
companies of ninety men each. It was one of these regiments that was commanded 
by Col. Whitney as stated above. 

In July, 1777, the Massachusetts Council of War, suddenly aware of New 
England's peril if the victorious progress of Burgoyne was not stayed, hurriedly 
sent heavy reinforcements of militia to aid Gen. Benj. Lincoln, who was then harass- 
ing the rear of the invading army. Col. Josiah Whitney, on July 27 ordered a draft 
of one-sixth of the training bands and alarm lists in his regiment to march at once to 
Bennington with six days' rations, and on Aug. 2 ordered one-half of the militia to 
follow with eight days' rations. Jan. 13, 1778, he was chairman of a committee which 
had been appointed by the town " to take into consideration the Articles of Confedera- 
tion and Perpetual Union of the L^nited States of America Concerted on by Congress." 
The report urged the representative to use his best efforts to support our indepen- 
dency. In Aug. and Sept., 1778, a more determined attempt was made by the Conti- 
nental forces to wrest Rhode Island from the enemy, an attack by the combined 
forces of the French and Americans, on land and water, being agreed upon. Again a 
tempest disarranged well-laid plans ])y driving the French fleet to sea, and the battle 
of Quaker's Hill closed with honor an unsuccessful camjiaign. The Second Worcester 
Regiment of militia, with its commander, Col. Josiah Whitney, took part in the 
operations in Rhode Island. May 23, 1780, the state constitution was submitted to 
the freemen, and after being read, paragraph by paragraph, was referred to a com- 
mittee of fifteen to carefully consider and report upon. On June 1, the chairman 
of the committee, Joseph VVheeler, laid before the town the following proposed 
amendments: " 1. That the Delegate from this town be instructed to use his endeavors 
that there may be a new convention within the term of fifteen years to consider 
what amendments may be needed in the constitution. 21y. That the suspension of 
the habeus corpus act shall be confined to the time of war, invasion or rebellion and 
not to exceed the term of six months. Sly. To give power to the Governour in the 
recess of the General Court to march or transport the Inhabitants of the State for 
the relief of a neighboring State invaded or threatened with invasion. Then voted 
this amendment be likewise made that the Governour shall be of the Protestant 
religion. Then voted to accept the whole of sd. Constitution with the above amend- 


ments — eighty-one for and not one against. Then voted to send two Delegates to 
the Convention, one of each denomination. Voted and chose Coll. Josiah Whitney 
and Mr. Joseph Stone." At the close of the Revolutionary war he was colonel of the 
Second Worcester Regiment, in which the seventh and eleventh companies were 
from Harvard. He was made brigadier general in 1783, but resigned the office 
before the breaking out of the Shay's insurrection, and as he did not take any active 
part in it, some of his enemies accused him of treasonable complicity in the same. 
In 1782 the governor appointed him a justice of the peace in and for the county of 
Worcester. In 1783-4-7-8-9 he was a member of the board of selectmen, and during 
all these years he was one of the most popular moderators at the deliberations of 
the town voters. 

Gen. Josiah Whitney was the delegate from Harvard to the convention held for 
the purpose of ratifying the Federal Constitution, in Boston, Jan. 9, 1788. He voted 
with the minority, and was opposed to the constitution. He stated in convention, 
however, that though he had been opposed to it, he should support it as much as if 
he had voted for it. He was the representative in Legislature, 1780-81-87-88-89. He 
had twenty-five children, sixteen by the first marriage and nine by the last, of the 
children by the first marriage thirteen died young. He was a prominent member of 
the church, and in seating the meeting-house — that is, in assigning the pews — he was 
given one of the most prominent in the edifice. Administration on his estate was 
granted in the probate court. May 4, 1806. Upon his gravestone is the following: 

Erected in memory of 

Josiah ^^'hitney Esq 

who died Jan 24, 18U6 

aged 74 yers. 4 mos 13 days 

Cease Dear friends for me to weep, 

' For Christ my bed has blest; 
Beneath this stone I sweetly sleep 
In God's eternal rest. 
He d. Ashby, Jan. 24, 1806; res. Stow, Harvard and Ashby, Mass.J 

104.5. i. Josiah, b. Feb. 25, 1753; m. Anna Scollay. 

1046. ii. Elizabeth, b. May 7, 1755; m. Apr. 28, 1796, Phineas Barnard, b. 

. She d. , and he m. her sister, Mrs. Burgess (see); 

res. Harvard. Ch.: Levi, b. Oct. 24, 1800, Ephrami. 

1047. iii. Stephen, b. May 1, 1757; m. Persis Locke. 

1048. iv. Sarah, b. Apr. 11, 1775; m. Dec. 14, 1791, Laomi Burgess, b. Mar. 

1, 1770; m. 2d, Sept. 27, 1827, Phinehas Barnard, of Harvard. 
She d. May 23, 1860. Ch.: Mary, b. Jan. 20, 1792; Josiah, b. Dec. 
14, 1793; Emery, b. June 22, 1795; Susana. b. Sept. 27, 1798; Ma- 
randa, b. Mar. 29, 1801; Rachel, b. June 4, 1803; Laomi, b. Sept. 
6, 180.5, Sarah, b. Aug. 29, 1807; Benj. Franklin, b. Jan. 23, 1810; 
Dwelly Whitney, b. julv 26, 1812, Adeline, b. Aug. 8. 1814, Chas. 
Wesley, b. Jan. 11, 1817; Baldwin Bradford, b. Oct. 7, 1819. 

1049. V. Oliver, b. Jan. 9, 1777. Is reported to have died at sea. 

1050. vi. Artemas Ward, b. Nov. 17, 1778. Same report as Oliver. 

1051. vii. Dwellv, b. Aug. 2, 1782. Same report as Oliver. 

1052. viii. Susanna, b. Oct. 2, 1780; m. Nov. 8, 1803, John Adams, of Ashburn- 

ham..and had 12 ch.;d. No. Adams, Mass., May 5, 1866. He was 
b. Mar. 9, 1780; he is buried in Guilford, \'t. Ch.: Susan Adams 
Boyden, b. Aug. 26, 1804; d. Apr. 18, 1884; .Mary Adams Lvons, 
b. Apr. 12, 1806; d. Feb. 1, 1846; John Adams, b. Feb. 17, 1808; 
d. Aug. 26, 1869; Miranda Adams Burnap, b. Jan. 26, 1810; d. 
Sept. 19, 1892; Francis Porter Adams, b. Dec. 13, 1812; d. May 
26, 1883; Artemas Whitney, b. Jan. 3, 1814; living in Ann Arbor, 
Mich.; ae. 79; Sarah Adams Childs, b. Feb. 23, 1816; d. Oct. 12, 
1850; Luceba Adams Prouty, b. Apr. 13, 1818; d. July, 1844; 
Henry Lee Adams, b. Feb. 8, 1820; d. Dec. 30, 1865'; William 
Barney Adams, b. July 10, 1822; d. Jan. 24, 1831; Caroline Amelia 
Adams Doane, b. Mar. 20, 1826; living in No. Adams, Mass; 66 
years old. She has the photographsof four of Gen. Whitney's chil- 
dren — namely, her mother, Susannah Whitney, who lived to 
the age of 85 years; Sarah Whitney Barnard, who lived to be 86 

IGen. WLitney Lad 25 children, but the others died in iufaucy. 




















years; Daniel Whitney, who lived to be 85 years; Moses Gill 
Whitney, youngest child of Gen. Whitney, age 85. 

Lemuel, b. Sept. 19, 1784; m. Elizabeth Hall. 

Daniel, b. Oct. 25, 1786; m. Hannah Shedd. 

John Hancock, b. Dec. 13, 1788; m. and res. Cazenovia, N. Y. 

Moses Gill, b. Feb. 4, 1791; m. Ann Shields. 

Infant, d. Feb., 1766. 

Infant, d. Feb. 18, 1768. 

Infant, d. Mar. 16, 1763. 

Infant, d. May 10, 1762. 

Infant, d. June 4, 1761. 

885. Dea. Oliver Whitney (Jonathan, Richard, Richard, John), b. Lancaster 
July 22, 1731; m. Nov. 16, 1752, Abigail Hutchins; d. Oct., 1804. Mary Wilder, wid. 
of John, of Lancaster, executrix of Abigail's will. 

Deacon Oliver was a farmer in Harvard; his will is dated Feb. 1, 1801-2; he 
leaves estate to wife Abigail, brothers Caleb and Hezekiah, and Simon and Jonathan; 
and sisters Betsey, wife of Phinehas Wetherbee; Alice, wife of Timothy Whitney; 
Rhumah, wife of Abel Davis. Israel Whitney, of Harvard, was executor. He served 
in the Revolutionary war. He d. s. p. Apr., 1802; res. Harvard, Mass. 

386. Caleb Whitney (Jonathan, Richard, Richard, John), b. Lancaster, Oct. 
4, 1729; m. Nov. 16, 1749, Annes Church, b. July 7, 1731. His will was probated May 
1, 1822, of Sterling, and his son Jonathan was appointed executor. Mentions wife 
Annes, dau. Elizabeth Pierce, son Joshua, son Joseph, dau. Annis Holman, son 
Hezekiah, and son Jonathan. He d. 1822; res. Harvard, Shutesbury and Sterling, 

Elizabeth, b. Harvard June 27, 1751; m. Pierce. 

Caleb, b. June 23, 1753; d. young. 

Joshua, b. Feb. 18, 1754; m. Vashti Knight. 

Annes, b. May 9, 1756; d. Jan. 31, 1758. 

Caleb, b. June 23, 1758; d. in the Revolutionary army Dec. 10, 

1777. He was in a Lancaster company. 
Joseph, b. July 9, 1760. 
Annis, b. in Shutesbury, June 20, 1763; m. Dec, 1796, Seth Has- 

kins; m. 2d, Holman. 

Hezekiah, b. Shutesbury, Aug. 16, 1766. 
Jonathan, b. in S., Sept. 8, 1768; m. Lucy Wheeler. 
Lucy, b. Sept. 25, 1770; d. Feb. 7, 1771, in Lancaster. 
Joshua, b. Jan. 4, 1750; d. Jan. 24, 1750. 
Lucy, b. Shutesbury, April 20, 1765; d. May 16, 1765. 

387. Capt. Hezekiah Whitney (Jonathan, Richard, Richard, John), b. Har- 
vard, Apr. 14, 1735; m. Lydia — ; m. 2d, May 5, 1774, Lucy Pollard. 

Capt. Hezekiah Whitney was born in Harvard, where he always resided and fol- 
lowed agricultural pursuits all his life. He early in life showed a decided taste for 
military affairs, and before his majority was a leading member of one of the local 
companies. In 1757 he was a member of Capt. Taylor's company of foot in Col. 
Wilder's regiment that marched on the late alarm to the relief of Fort William 
Henry as far as Springfield, Aug. 13 to 26. In 1774 he was sergeant of the "youngest 
company" in Harvard. At the Lexington alarm, Apr. 19, 1775, he was sergeant in 
Capt. Burt's company in Col. Whitcomb's regiment. , After the battle of Lexington, 
in 1776, he was captain of the Harvard company in Col. Josiah Whitney's regiment. 
He held various town offices, was highly esteemed, member of the church and in 
seating the meeting house, in 1775, was given the third seat below. 

"Hezekiah Whitney's inventory, late of Harvard. Appraised at Harvard Nov. 4, 
1805. Hezekiah Whitney's advertisement for sale of his real estate, late of Harvard, 
will be sold at public auction on Monday, Sept. 15, 1806. Hezekiah Whitney's 
widow's dower. A committee appointed to set off one-third part of estate of Hezekiah 
Whitney, late of Harvard, to Lucy the widow, Sept. 15, 1806." He d. July 23, 1805; 
res. Harvard, Mass. 

Mary, b. June 1, 1756. 

Jonathan, b. Mar. 4, 1775; d. May 5, 1776. 

Lucy, b. June 30, 1777. 

Alice, b. July 29, 1780, 

Levi, b. Aug. 30, 1786. 

Jonathan, b. May 20, 1782. 




































388. Simon Whitney (Jonathan, Richard, Richard, John), b. Harvard, Mar. 20, 

1719; m. Olive , b. 1723, d. Aug. 8, 1767; m. 2d, May 6, 1768, Patience Hasel- 

tine. He was a farmer. Was elected to town offices. Was selectman 1767-68. Was 
a member of the church, and in 1766 was elected deacon, but declined the honor. In 
1775 in seating the meeting house he was given the second seat below. Will dated 
Sept. 3, 1774. Abel Whitcomb returned receipts of Simon's estate Feb. 12, 1782. He 
d. May 26, 1778; res. Harvard, Mass. 

1076. i. Wetherbee, b. May 3, 1746; m. Abigail Warner. 

1076. ii. Rachel, b. Jan. 5, 1748; d. Dec. 16, 1766. 

1077. iii. Sarah, b. Feb. 6, 1750; m. Taylor. 

1078. iv. Silas, b. Oct. 6, 1751. 

1079. v. Lois, b. July 28, 1753; d. July 17, 1756. 

1080. vi. Alice, b. May 26, 1755. 

1081. vii. Judah, b. May 15, 1757; d. May 22, 1761. 

1082. viii. Lois, b. Mar. 30, 1759; d. Feb. 26, 1772. 

1083. ix. Judah, b. June 16, 1761; m. . 

1084. X. Lucy, b. Oct. 7, 1765; d. Oct. 19, 1764. 

1085. xi. Simon, b. Jan. 17, 1767; d. Dec. 18, 1767. 

1086. xii. Simon, b. Mar. 17, 1770; m. Mary Welch. 

1087. xiii. Reuben, b. ; m. . 

1088. xiv. Patience, b. —; m. William Willard, Jr. 

1089. XV. Hannah, b. ; m. Priest. 

1090. xvi. Amy, b. ; m. Draper. 

389. Jonathan Whitney (Jonathan, Richard, Richard, John), b. Stow; m. Nov. 
27, 1746, Sarah Holt; d. Oct. 29, 1769. In seating the meetmg house he was given ye 
second seat on ye side. Oliver was appointed admr. of his father's estate Apr. 30, 
1770; inventory was made Mar. 28, 1771. He d. Jan. 20, 1770; res. Harvard, Mass. 

1091. i. Phinehas, b. July 3, 1747; m. Keziah Farnsworth. 

1092. ii. Jonathan, b. July 1, 1749; d. Oct. 27, 1756. 

1093. iii. Sarah, b. Aug. 5, 1751. 

1094. iv. Relief, b. May 21, 1754; d. Oct. 15, 1756. 

1095. v. Hannah, b. Mar. 24, 1756; d. Oct. 26, 1756. 

1096. vi. Relief, b. Nov. 13, 1758; m. . 

1097. vii. ANNES,b. Feb. 25, 1761; d. June 1,1761. 

1098. viii. Oliver, d. Mar. 29, 1763. 

1099. ix. Abigail, b. Jan. 29, 1763; m. Nov. 17, 1789, Benjamin Hoar, of 


1100. X. Annes, b. Mar. 30, 1765; d. Jan. 23, 1768. 

1101. xi. Rachel, b. Sept. 19, 1767; m. Nov. 7, 1793, Salmon Willard. 

1102. xii. Levi, b. June 12, 1757; d. bef. 1771. 

398. Joshua Whitney (Joshua, Richard, Richard, John), b. Aug. 27, 1747, in 

Stow; m. Marcy ; she m. 2d Oliver Wyman. His will is dated 1771, and 

besides mentioning the following children, says, "other heirs, Silas Taylor, Nehe- 
miah Batchellor, and Marcy Hosmer." He d. 1771; res. Stow and Boxboro, Mass. 

1103. i. Eliphlet, b. Feb. 24, 1764; m. Mar. 20, 1783, Sarah Tenny, of 

Lois, b. Jan. 16, 1766; m. Eliphalet Mace. 
Mary, b. Oct. 13, 1767. 
Joshua, b. Jan. 11, 1769, Lunenburg, Mass. 
Susanna, b. Apr. 14, 1770. 

400. Zachariah Whitney (Zachariah, Ebenezer, Richard, John), b. Pomfret, 
Conn., Oct. 27, 1732; m. Sarah Stanton, b. 1738; d. Aug. 3, 1809. 

Zachariah Whitney was born in Conn, where he resided until 1765. While 
residing in Mansfield, Windham Co., Conn., he purchased of persons in Pomfret, 
Conn., at various times, as per deeds in possession of his great-grandson, Alvin E. 
Whitney, of Beachmont, Revere, Mass., lands in the district of Montague, in the 
township of Sunderland, Mass., as it was then. Later it was incorporated as a sepa- 
rate township. He was a farmer and one of the pioneers of that part of western 
Mass. He d. Sept. 26, 1808; res. Mansfield, Conn., and Montague, Mass. 

1108. i. Ebenezer, b. May 28, 1762; m. Rachel Perne Rawsonand Lovina 

Burnham Potter. 

1109. ii. Zachariah, b. Aug. 11, 1764; m. and rem. to Delhi, N. Y. 

1110. iii. Abigail, b. Sept. 13, 1776; m. Noah Barnes. She d. Nov. 8, 1796. 


















1111. iv. Irene, b. June 26, 1778; d. Sept. 29, 1779. 

1112. V. Isaac, b. Feb. 27, 1772; d. Sept. 26, 1777. 

1113. vi. Olive, b. Dec. 14, 1777; m. Rufus Scott. 

402. Aaron Whitney (Zachariah, Ebenezer, Richard, John), b. Pomfret, Conn., 
Nov. 1, 1737; m. there, Feb. 1, 1759, Mary Peck; res. Pomfret, Conn. 

1114. i. Moses, b. Sept. 30, 1762. 

404. Joseph Whitney (Zachariah, Ebenezer, Richard, John), b. Pomfret, Conn., 
Nov. 5, 1743; m. there, June 15, 1780, Mary Lyon; res. Pomfret, Conn. 

1115. i. Joseph, b. Mar. 9, 1781. 

1116. ii. ARMiNDA,b. June 29, 1783. 

1117. iii. Jonathan, b. May 20, 1785. 

1118. iv. Rebeccah, b. July 12, 1790. 

408. EzEKiEL Whitney (Ezekiel. Ebenezer, Richard, John), b. Pomfret, Conn., 
Oct. 22, 1729; m. at Plainfield, Mar. 7, 1757, Elizabeth Knight; m. 2d Feb., 1770, 
Deborah Tryal; m. 3d Sept. 3, 1772, Desire Landers. He d. Feb., 1814; res. Plain- 
field, Conn. 

Ezekiel, b. May 15, 1758; m. Phebe Hoyt. 

Lucy, b. Dec. 31, 1761; d. Oct. 10, 1767. 

Asa, b. Oct. 8, 1763. 

Ebenezer, b. Mar. 20, 1767. 

RiSKCUM, b. July 28, 1769; d. Jan. 16, 1771. 

409. Ebenezer Whitney (Ezekiel, Ebenezer, Richard, John), b. Pomfret, 

Conn., Oct. 22, 1729; m. . After his marriage he located in Worcester, 

Mass., where he afterward resided. Being in Boston he was empressed on a British 
ship. For seven years he had no communication with his family, nor did he set his 
foot on land. When he escaped it was with broken health and to find his wife mar- 
ried again; he left her undisturbed, went to his father's (?) and died in eighteen months. 
He had two children. 

1123a. i. Ebenezer, b. in 1759; m. Martha Gates. 
1124a. ii. Dau, b. ; d. young. 

416. Samuel Whitney (Thomas, Thomas, Thomas, John), b. Stow, July 22, 
1714; m. Grace . He d. Oct., 1748; for on 31st of that month his will was pro- 
bated; res. Stow, Mass. 

1124. i. Jemima, b. Dec. 10, 1745. 

417. David Whitney (Thomas, Thomas, Thomas, John), b. Stow, Mass., Oct. 

4, 1722; m. in Harvard, Aug. 25, 1747, Olive Sawyer, b. Lancaster, 1726; d. ; 

m. (int. Oct. 25) Nov. 25, 1755, in Lancaster, Mrs. Sarah (Wilder) (Rugg) Hill, of 
Lancaster; d. Oct. 16, 1800. 

He was a prominent resident in Harvard; was a farmer and member of the 
church. In seating the meeting-house he was given the fifth seat. When the Revo- 
lutionary war broke out he was a member of the Harvard Minute men, commanded 
by Capt. Davis, and marched to Cambridge on the Lexington Alarm, Apr. 19, 1775, 
in Col. Whitcomb's regiment. In July, 1777, he was in Capt. Hezekiah Whitney's 
company and Col. Josiah Whitney's regiment. Mr. Enoch Hill and Mrs. Sarah 
Rugg were married m Lancaster, Oct. 24, 1752. They had one child, Anna, b. May 
25, 1753, posthumous, for the father, Enoch, died Dec. 11, 1752. Aug. 3, 1761, accord- 
ing to the Worcester probate records, David and Sarah Whitney, of Harvard, late 
widow of said deceased Enoch Hill, " Do hereby resign our rights to Anna Hill only 
child of said deceased by said Sarah." He d. in 1790; res. Harvard, Mass. 

1126. i. Enoch, b. Sept. 25, 1756; m. Hannah . 

1126. ii. Isaac, b. Nov. 27, 1761; m. Susanna Fletcher. 

418. Joseph Whitney (Thomas, Thomas, Thomas, John), b. in Stow, Mass., 
1716; m. in Harvard, Mass., Aug. 7, 1744, Hannah (Sanborn) Chandler, b. in 1727; d. 
Apr. 2, 1788. 

He was born in Stow, Mass., where his ancestors had been among the earliest 
settlers. His marriage was solemnized in Harvard, in which town her parents 
resided, and is one of the first to be found on the record of marriages. Soon after 
his marriage he moved to a farm in Hampshire county and in the will of a relative he 
is referred to as " Joseph Whitney, of Roadstown, Hampshire Co." In Feb., 1780, he 
resided north of Deerfield river in the northwest part of Shelburne. He was a 


respectable farmer in that town, was a member of the church and died there. His 
wife was admitted to the church by letter. He d. Apr. 7, 1796, ae. 80; res. Shelburne, 

"ll27. i. Hannah, b. Aug. 26, 1764; d. May 24, 1768. 

1128. ii. Joseph, b. Feb. 28, 1748; m. Abigail Barnard. 

1129. iii. Anna, b. June 17, 1759; m. Moses Cfiandler, b. Oct. 25, 1759; d. Aug. 

24, 1821. Shed. Nov. 23, 1842; res. Shelburne, Mass. Ch.: 
Louis;m. Elisha Edwards; Cynthia, b. July 21, 1788; d. June 9, 
1859; Electa, b. Mar. 4, 178-; m. Jan. 24, 1814, Thomas Goodnow; 
William, b. May 2, 1794; d. Sept. 1, 1794; Hannah, b. Sept. 12, 
1795; m. Amasa Shumway; res. Whitingham, \'t.; Amy, b. Nov., 
1797; m. Danforth Johnson, of Coleraine. 

1130. iv. Molly, b. Apr. 7, 1755; m. Ephraim Barrows, of Shutesbury, 6 ch. 

1131. v. Lucy, b. Mar. 20, 1762; m. Martin Seaverance, of Shelburne, Nov., 

15, 1781. He d. Dec. 29. 1843. She d. Jan. 10, 1844, 6 ch. 
1132a. vi. Moses, b. Apr. 19, 1746; d. Oct. 25, 1756. 
1133a. vii. David, b. Aug. 23. 1751; d. Sept. 27, 1756. 
1134a. vili. Elizabeth, b. Sept. 30. 1753; d. Sept. 26, 1756. 










1135a IX. Hannah, b. June 1, 1757; d. July 24, 1757 

423. David Whitney (Benjamin, Thomas, Thomas, John), b. June 21, 1717; m. 

1737, Mercy ; res. Brookfield, Mass. 

1132. i. Silas, b. 1737; m. Jane Pearson. 

425. Solomon Whitney (Benjamin, Thomas, Thomas, John), b. Dec. 20, 1721; 
m. Oct. 5, 1749, Elizabeth Smith. She m. soon after 1758, Ithamer Goodnough. The 
inventory of Solomon's estate was taken Apr. 18, 1758; res. Marlboro and Petersham, 

Miriam, b. July 31, 1751. 

Benjamin, b. June 10, 1753; m. . 

Job, b. June 25, 1755. 

Sarah, b. Aug. 11, 1757. 

433. Samuel W^hitney (Benjamin, Thomas, Thomas, John), b. Marlboro, Mass., 
Sept. 5, 1734; m. Oct. 20, 1757, Abigail Cutler, b. Mar. 24, 1735, d. July 2, 1813. He 
resided in Concord from 1767 to i777. Was delegate from C. to the first provincial 
Congress so called in 1775, and was a leading member of the town committees of 
safety, correspondence and inspection. When Concord had raised two hundred 
men he was appointed muster master, was a participant in the engagement incident 
to the battles of Concord and Lexington, and at that time had a large amount of the 
public stores in his dwelling. Mrs. Whitney use to relate that on the day of the 
" Concord fight," she was being conveyed out of the way of danger with several of 
her children, when a bullet passed through the carriage, grazing the head of one of 
the boys. He removed to Castine about 1791, the year of its incorporation, where he 
successfully conducted many important enterprises and accumulated a handsome 
fortune. He was a man of great integrity of character, and of an enterprising spirit, 
but is represented to have been of a restless disposition. He was of fine personal 
appearance, of large size, and dignified in his bearing. His mind was of a thoughtful 
cast and he cultivated a taste for literature, accumulating for the day quite a valu- 
able library. In politics he was a federalist. He d. IVIay 29, 1808; res. Concord, 
Mass., and Castine, Me. 

Samuel, b. July 15, 1759; d. unm , 1783. 
David, b. Aug. 14, 1761; m. Betsey Darby. 
Benjamin, b. Apr. 11, 1763; d. unm., 1784. 

Anna, b. July 30, 1764; m.Sept. 13, 1787, James Adams of Antigua, 
W. I., where she died in 1788. 
1141. V. George, b. Sept. 22, 1765; m. and left one dau. Abigail, who m. 
Dudley Tyler, and he d. leaving two sons. She m. 2d a Mr. 
Brown. She d. Marietta, Ohio, in 182L 
James, b. Dec. 1, 1766; d. unm. Jamaica, W. I., unm. in 1796. 
Abigail, b. Apr. 22, 1768; d. unm. at Castine, June 4, 1808. 
Lydia. b. June 19. 1769; d. in infancy. 
Samuel Austin, b. Sept. 27, 1770; m. Ruth Perkins. 
Joseph, b. Sept. 19, 1771; m. Sally Collins, Catherine Smith, and 
Mrs. Catherine Whitney. 
1147. xi. William, b. Nov. 13, 1772; d. Charlestown S. C, unm., in 1809. 



















1148. xii. John, b. Dec. 19, 1773; d. Jamaica in 1803. 

1149. xiii. Cyrus, b. Dec. 24, 1774; m. Mary Brewer. 

1150. xiv. Sarah, b. Feb. 2, 1776; m. May 5, 1808, David Howe of Castine. 

She d. Nov. 16, 1857, leaving Abigail W., David, Joseph, Sarah 
Ann, Rebecca. 

1151. xvii. Henry, b. Jan. 29, 1783; m. Lucy Perkins. 

1152. XV. Mary, b. Sept. 14, 1777; d. young. 

1153. xvi. Ebenezer, b. Mar. 17, 1780; m. Bathsheba T. Heston. 

435. Nathan Whitney (Nathan, Thomas, Thomas, John), b. Stow, Mar. 6, 1723; 
m. Jan. 22, 1752, Tabitha Barnett, of Holden. He was a farmer; resided in Stow. 
May 18, 1777, they moved to Conway, Mass., and united with the Cong, church there 
and ever after resided in that town. He d. in Conway, Mass., Oct. 28, 1801; res. 
Stow and Conway, Mass. 

1154. i. Aaron, b. July 31, 1752; m. . 

1155. ii. Persis, b. Aug. 22, 1754; d. Oct. 2, 1754. 

1156. iii. Meriam, b. Aug. 25, 1755. 

1157. iv. Asaph, b. Apr. 29, 1759. 

437. Jeremiah Whitney (Nathan, Thomas, Thomas, John), b. Stow, Apr. 1, 
1729; m. Elizabeth , d. Apr. 24, 1754; m. 2d 1755, Azubah . The wit- 
nesses to Jeremiah's will were Solomon Taylor and James Whitcomb. In 1765 Joel 
chose Jeremiah Holman, of Bolton, his guardian. He d. in 1761; res. Stow, Mass. 

1158. i. Joel, b. Jan. 8, 1750. 

1159. ii. Sarah, b. Apr. 3, 1752. 

1160. iii. Jeremiah, b. Apr. 18, 1754. He was second lieut. in a Worcester 

county company in Revolutionary war. 

1161. iv. Elizabeth, b. Sept. 28, 1756. 

1162. v. Ithamer, b. Dec. 29, 1758; of Cheshire Co., N. H.; was in Col. 

Samuel Ashley's regt. in Revolutionary army Nov. 16, 1776, and 
marched to reinforce Gen. Gates at Ticonderoga, in 26 days. 

1163. vi. Abel, b. Apr. 22, 1760; d. Apr. 23, 1760. 

441. Thomas Whitney (Thomas, Eleazer, Thomas, John), b. Sept. 2, 1722; m. 
Feb. 24, 1753, Anna Gould; d. Aug. 10, 1812. Thomas Whitney was an early resident 
of Westboro. With his wife they moved to Shrewsbury, where he was admitted to 
the church in 1784. He died in Westboro. While living in Shrewsbury they 
resided in that part called " The Shoe." He was in the Shrewsbury company in the 
Revolutionary war. Thomas Whitney's inventory, late of Westboro. Appraised 
June 3, 1806. Thomas Whitney's adm. acct. The account cf Jonah Whitney, admin- 
istrator on the estate of Thomas Whitney, late of Westboro, deceased. The said 
accountant charges himself with the personal estate of the deceased, amounting, as 
per inventory, July 1, 1806. He d. Apr. 25, 1806; res. Shrewsbury and Westboro, 

1164. i. Timothy, b. Nov. 29, 1753; m. Phebe Reed. 

1165. ii. Sarah, b. Nov. 21, 1756; m. Feb. 28, 1780, Jonas Hemenway; b. 

Dec. 13, 1758; d. Mar. 12, 1827. She d. Sept. 8, 1827; res. 
Shrewsbury, Mass. Ch.: Lucy, b. May 8, 1780; m. May 8, 1800, 
Asahel Allen; Irene, b. July 23, 1784; m. Jan. 1, 1804, Noah 

1166. iii. Elijah, b. Apr. 21, 1761; m. Mindwell Hardy. 

1167. iv. Anna, b. May 24, 1764; m. 1783, Silas Wheelock; b. May 10, 1759. 

He d. Feb. 24, 1842. She died one day previous. Res. Shrews- 
bury. Ch.: Silas, b. May 12, 1784; Thomas, b. July 9, 1786; 
m. Sarah N. Fairbank, of Grafton; Elizabeth, b. Mar. 12, 1789; 
m. Elijah Harrington, Jr.; Anna, b. June 18, 1791; m. Ezra Phelps; 
Lucy, b. Nov. 15, 1793; m. Dr. Stephen Cutler, of Grafton; 
Edward F., b. Aug. 22, 1796; m. Hannah Warren; Zadock P., 
b. Mar. 21, 1799; d. infancy; Mary Williams, b. May 6, 1800; 
m. James Wheeler; Hannah, b. May 21, 1803; m. John French; 
Rinda, b. Mar. 17, 1805; m. Willard Warren, of Grafton. 

1168. v. John Smith, b. Dec. 4, 1788; m. Susanna Knowlton. 

1169. vi. Jonah, b. Aug. 25, 1771; m. Anna Rider, 

447. Samuel Whitney (Eleazer, Eleazer, Thomas, John), b. Dec. 2, 1746; m. 
Nov. 5, 1776, Levinah Bigelow, b. Feb. 1, 1756. He was in the Revolutionary war in 
the Westboro company; res. Westboro, Mass., and Alstead, N. H. 


1170. i. Martha, b. ; m. Nov. 21, 1811, Jacob Earle, b. Mar. 8, 1776, 

in Paxton, Mass. Ch.: Clarisa S., b. July 6, 1812; m. Jan. 10, 
1838, Nathan L. Doolittle; Phebe W., b. Nov. 3, 1814; m. John 
W. Bradbury; Charlotte L., b. Dec. 23, 1816; m. Henry T. 
Clark; Jacob F., b. Jan. 7, 1819; m. Sarah Sherman; Sophia B., 
b. Apr. 9, 1821; m. Nelson A. Holton; res. Paxton, Mass., and 
Mt. Holly, N. Y. 

449. Alexander Whitney (Eleazer, Eleazer, Thomas, John), b. July 2, 1751; 
m. July 10, 1776, Lois Carroll; d. Henniker, N. H. He served m the Revolutionary 
war in the Westboro company, commanded by Capt. Wheelock. He d. in Henniker, 
N. H.; res. Hopkinton, Mass., and Henniker, N. H. 

1171. i. Eleazer, b. Dec. 5, 1777; m. Alice Peabody. 

1172. ii. Molly, b. May 21, 1779; m. 1799, John Connor. He was a cele- 

brated teacher of vocal music, b. Sept. 28, 1779; d. Mar. 8, 1862. 
She d. Dec. 15, 1858. Ch.: Sophronia, b. Jan. 4, 1800; m. Paul 
Ray; Susannah, b. June 22, 1802; m. A. K. Hoyt, of Troy, N. Y; 
Cvnthia, b. Sept. 30, 1805; m. Ezra Eastman. 

1173. iii. Lois, b. Mar. 3, 1781; d. Dec. 31,1862. 

1174. iv. Hannah, b. Jan. 13, 1783; m. Apr. 26, 1808, Abel Connor, b. Nov. 

23, 1782. He was often in public life, and foremost in every 
good work. He d. Oct. 20, 1854. She d. Nov. 23, 1828. Ch.: 
Hannah, b. Jan. 18, 1809; d. Feb. 9, 1809; John T., b. Dec. 9, 
1809; d. June 20, 1816; Liva, b. June 26, 1811; m. Solomon Heath, 
of Bow; Eliza, b. Apr. 25,1813;" d. Sept. 18, 1838; Alexander W., 
b. Feb. 6, 1815; m. Harriet Spofford; Alvira, b. Jan. 8, 1817; m. 
John M. Foss, of Hopkinton; Eunice C, b. Nov. 28, 1818; m. 
G. P. Leach; m. DeWitt Jones; John K., b. June 6, 1820; m. 
Mary J. Darling; Hannah "C, b. Mar. 11, 1822; m. P. C. Flan- 
ders; Abel D. L. F., b. Apr. 16, 1824; m. Louisa Bacon and 
Lucy S. Goodell. 

1174X-V. Sarah, b. Nov. 22, 1785; m. Perry, of Newport, and had one 

son, Ruel Fisher. 

1174>^.vi. Phebe, b. 1787; m. Thomas M. Davis; a gr. dau., Mrs. Lewis Han- 
son, res. West Henniker, N. H. 

1175. vii. Alexander, b. Dec. 5, 1789; m. Lydia Foster. 

1176. viii. Stephen, b. June 10, 1792; m. Sarah Bailey. 

1177. ix. Cynthia, b. ; d. Apr. 28, 1816. 

450. Sergt. Joshua Whitney (Eleazer, Eleazer, Thomas, John), b. Apr. 26, 
1754; m. Nov. 12, 1777, Betty Wood. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary war, and 
was at one time, in the early part of the war, a member of the company commanded 
by Capt. Kimball, of Grafton, Mass. Moving to New Hampshire, he enlisted, Aug. 
6, 1778, in Capt. Bowman's company, under Gen. Sullivan, and was in the service in 
Rhode Island, and granted a pension, Mar. 4, 1831, for having been a soldier in 
the Mass. line of the Continental Army. He d. Feb. 2, 1835; res. Henniker, N. H. 

Samuel, b. June 17, 1779; d. July 6, 1779. 

Luther, b. July 25, 1780; m. Hannah Gordon and Nabby Wood. 

Levi, b. May 25, 1783; d. Oct. 16, 1785. 

Stephen, b. Oct. 15, 1785; d. May 24, 1789. 

John, b. July 23, 1787; m. Lucy Chamberlain. 

Silas, b. Mar. 30, 1791; m. Sally Butler. 

Betsey, b. June 12, 1794; d. unm. 

454. Aaron Whitney (Elnathan, Eleazer, Thomas, John), b. Waltham, Mass., 

July 15, 1734; m. Margaret ; res. Roxbury, Uxbridge (1762) and Upton (1766), 


1205. i. Molly. 

1206. ii. Hannah, b. Uxbridge, Sept. 28, 1760. 

1207. iii. Samuel, b. Uxbridge, May 23, 1764. 

457. Elnathan Whitney (Elnathan, Eleazer, Thomas. John), b. Mar. 28, 1741, 
in Waltham; m. in Manchester, Mass., Mar., 1785, Lucy Allen; b. in 1751; d. Dec. 
29, 1829, in Goffstown, N. H. 

He was born in Waltham and during the Revolutionary war was in the Newton, 















Mass., company,* and also served under Capt. Barnard in the Watertown company; 
subsequently he resided in Manchester, Mass. In 1789 he moved to Goffstown. 
N. H., where he purchased a farm of Gen. John Stark, who had previously purchased 
it of Abram Outhout, of Albany, N. Y. It then comprised 500 acres, and the sum 

f)aid for it was ^255 lawful money. Mr. Whitney was a baker by trade, but he never 
ollowed it after moving to Goffstown. He d. June 4, ls20; res. Manchester, Mass., 
and Goffstown, N. H. 

1208. i. Betsey, b. Aug. 21, 1786; m. 1810, Joseph Poore; b. Feb. 23, 

1787. She d. Apr. 20, 1843; res. Goffstown Centre, N. H. He d. 
Dec. 18, 1863. Ch.: George, b. 1812; m. Phebe Russell; Mary 
L., b.l81o; d. June 6, 1818; Harriett J., b. Apr., 1818; d. Nov. 13, 
1843; Joseph J., b. Mar. 11, 1820; m. Lucy Whitney Martin; 
Martha Ann, b. Aug. 3, 1822; d. June 23, 1874. A gr. son is Wm. 
H. Poore at G. C. 

1209. ii. Polly, b. ; m. Caleb Martin. Ch.: Lucy W., b. ; m. 

Joseph J. Poore; Caleb K., b. ; res. Jeffrey, N. H. 

1210. iii. Elnathan, b. Apr. 4, 1791; m. Lydia Stickney. 

1211. iv. Lydia, b.— ; m. Isaac Flanders. Ch.: Gideon, b. ; res. 

Manchester, N. H. 

469. Sergt. Jacob Whitney (Jonas, Eleazer, Thomas, John), b. Roxbury, Feb. 
24, 1737; m. Nov. 15, 1759, Rachel Whiting. During the Revolutionary war he was 
sergt. in that company commanded by Capt. Corey from Roxbury. He d. Jan. 14, 
1803; res. West Roxbury, Mass. 

1212. vi. Moses, b. Jan. 2, 1775; m. Rebecca Dunbar and Mrs. Mary P. 


1213. i. Pruden'CE, b. July 25, 1760; m. at Roxbury, Mass., Lewis Jones, 

b. 1757; d. 1830. Ch.: Hannah Jones, dec'd; m. Eliphaz Clapp, 
dec'd; 3 ch., Lewis C, George C, Edwin C, all dec'd; Pru- 
dence Jones, dec'd; m. John Fowle, dec'd; 6 ch., Henry Fowle, 
Elizabeth Fowle, John Fowle, living; Edwin Fowle, William 
Fowle, William Fowle, last two dec'd; Betsey Jones died, 
17 years of age. 

1214. ii. Reuben, b. Nov. 6, 1762. In 1781 he enlisted in Gen. Knox artillery, 

served 3 years and was discharged. He was born in Roxbury 
but served in the Newton Co. 

1215. iii. Lemuel, b. Apr. 29, 1765. 

1216. iv. Jabez, b. Nov. 30, 1767. 

1217. v. Hannah, b, Apr. 8, 1772; d. July 14, 1789. 

472. Ensign Abner Whitney (Jonas, Eleazer, Thomas, John), b. Roxbury 
Mass., Nov. 17, 1744; m. . He d. Jan. 6, 1826; res. Roxbury, Mass., and Wind- 
sor Co., Vt. 

He was born either in Newton or Roxbury, probably the former place. When 
the Revolutionary war broke out he enlisted in the company commanded by Capt. 
Wiswell, raised in Newton, and was at once promoted to sergeant. Later in the war 
he was serving as ensign (or second lieutenant). He was granted a pension Apr. 13, 
1818, and at that time he was residing in Wmdsor Co., Vt., where he died Jan. 6, 
1826, ae. 81. 

Abraham, b. Apr. 25, 1779; m. Rebecca Hudson. 

Isaac, b. ; m. ; and res. in Elmore, Vt. Had a son 

David who had sons, Isaac and James, and res. in Elmore. 

Jacob, b. May 2, 1784; m. Lucy Adams. 

Abner, b. July 19, 1780; m. Polly White. 

Fanny, b. ; m. Messenger. 

Sally, b. . 

475. Isaiah Whitney (Isaiah, Isaiah, Thomas, John), b. Harvard, Nov. 28, 
1735; m. there prob. in 17.57, Persis Randall, b. 1746, d. July 5, 1812. Isaiah Whitney 
was born in Harvard, and died there. 

He resided on the farm which his father purchased in 1722, before the town was 
incorporated. There were in Harvard two others by the same name as his; one 
was called "one thumb Zaiah," because he had but one thumb, and the other " Pond 
Zaiah," because he lived near Bare Hill pond. He was in the Revolutionary army, 

*8ee Jackson's History of Newton, Mass., p. 270. 














in the company from Harvard, commanded by Capt. Davis. On the rolls in the 
State House at Boston he is reported dead. His gravestone gives his age as 88. 
His will having been probated May 19, 1818, mentions son Jonah; gives to two grand- 
children, Lois Turner, wife of James, and Amos Whitney, children of my said son 
Jonah, sons Isaiah and Cyrus, dau. Dorcas, wife Ezra Barker. Cyrus Whitney, exec. 
May 19, 1818. He d. Feb. 28, 1817; res. Harvard and Stow, Mass. 

1224. i. Jonah, b. June 19, 1768; m. Lois Hill and Jane Stone. 

1225. ii. Dorcas, b. Apr. 20, 1760; m. June 18, 1784, Ezra Barker, of Stod- 

dard, N. H.; they res. in Littleton, Mass., and she was grand- 
' mother of Isaac's wife, son of Cyrus. She d. 1888. They had 
5 ch.: Rebecca, m. Hoar of Littleton, Susan, Lydia. 

1226. iii. Isaiah, b. Dec. 13, 1764; m. Dorcas Whitman. 

1227. iv. Amos, b. Dec. 27, 1768; m. Rhoda Cutler. 

1228. V. Cyrus, b. Aug. 17, 1771; m. Mary Whitney. 

481. Dea. Israel Whitney (Elijah, Isaiah, Thomas, John), b. Harvard, June 
22, 1751, m. there May 14, 1772, Hannah Mead, b. 1754, d. Aug. 14, 1788; m. 2d in Bol- 
ton, Apr. 22, 1789, Mrs. Abigail Puffer. 

He was born on his father's farm, which had been purchased before the town was 
incorporated. He enlisted early in the Revolutionary war. In 1778 he was a mem- 
ber of Capt. Manasseh Sawyer's company in Col. Josiah Whitney's regiment which 
took part in the operations in Rhode Island. In 1775 he was corporal of Capt. Isaac 
Gate's company, which marched to the Lexington Alarm April 19, but which com- 
pany was not mustered into the American service. In 1781 he was first lieutenant 
in Capt. Thaddeus Pollard's company, and had seen active service most of the time 
since 1775. In seating the meeting house in 1775 he was given the " fore seat in the 
side gallery." In 1795 he was chosen one of the deacons of the church, and for nearly 
twenty-five years filled the office, but to the horror of all the members of the church 
Mar. 9, 1819, having adopted the views of the Universalists, he was dismissed. He 
held a number of town offices, and in 1786 was selectman. The epitaph on his 
first wife's tombstone reads as follows: 

"With serious joy the enlightened soul 

Surveys a part, admires the whole, 

Nor always silently surveys, 

But fir'd with gratitude to praise; 

In holy confidence is blest, 

And calmly waits eternal rest." 
He made his will Dec. 11, 1826. It was probated Feb. 6, 1827. Capt. Ephraim 
Warner was executor. He mentions his wife, Abigail, sons and daughters, viz: 
Israel, Oliver, Hannah Sawyer, Rebecca Fairbank, Lydia Sprague, Betsey Fairbank, 
Arathena Farwell and Neoma Sawyer and Luther Whitney. He d. Feb., 1827; res. 
Harvard, Mass. 

1229. i. Hannah, b. Apr. 28, 1773; m. May 17, 1791, Phinehas Sawyer. He 

was of Harvard, where he was born May 33, 1768; d. Jan. 14, 
1820. Ch.: Hannah, b. Mar. 18, 1792; m. E. Davis, and d. Aug. 
9, 1817; Eusebia, b. Oct. 9, 1793; m. July 3, 1817, James Hickman, 
and d. Sept. 4, 1857; Sarah, b. Feb.6, 1795;d. unm. Sept. 23, 1883; 
Sophia, b. June 19, 1797 ; m. Apr. 7, 1816, William Brigham, and 
d. Feb. 7,1884; Alfred Ira, b.Oct. 6, 1799; m. Sept. 22, 1829, Nancy 
Davis, and d. Aug. 1, 1849; Eliza, b. May 28, 1802; m. May 15, 
1839, Roswell Douglass, and d. July 1, 1860; Mary, b. Sept. 30, 
1804; m. Apr. 25, 1830, Rev. Aaron D.Sargent, and d. Jan.4, 1885; 
Arethusa, b. May 8,1806; m. Jan. 1, 1849, Rev. James W. Mowry, 
and died in 1882; Zenas, b. Dec. 25, 1808; m. Nov. 13, 1837, 
Sophronia Brackett, and d. Feb. 20, 1856; Wesley, b. Feb. 2, 1810; 
m. Sept. 24, 1835, Mary M. C. Patten, and d. Feb. 6, 1878; Fran- 
cis Asbury, b. Nov. 11, 1812; m. May 7, 1843, Martha Sawyer, 
and d. June 16, 1881; Edmund, b. Aug. 31, 1815; d. Mar. 21, 1816; 
Jonathan, b. Marlboro, Mass., June 17, 1817; m. June 25, 1839, 
Martha Perkins, of Barnard, Vt, and d. June 20, 1891. She was 
born Mayl7, 1816. Jonathan Sawyer,the head of the famous Saw- 
yer Woolen Mills, of Dover, N. H., died suddenly from paraly- 
sis, 1891. In his death the manufacture has lost one of its vet- 
erans, who will stand among the comparatively small circle of 
those whose names will be permanently entered in the annals of 




the industry, as having contributed to advance it to its present 
high estate in this country. Jonathan Sawyer was born at Marl- 
borough, Mass., June 7, 1817. He attended school at Lowell, 
Mass., where he was a member of the first class that entered the 
high school of that city, of which Bishop T. M. Clark, of Rhode 
Island, was then principal. 

Illness compelled Air. Sawyer to leave school at the age of 
16, and he went to Dover, N. H.,to reside with his brother, Alfred 
Ira Sawyer. This brother, after serving an apprenticeship as a 
dyer at Amesbury, Mass., and Great Falls, N. H., had moved to 
Dover in 1823, and established a small factory for the manufac- 
ture of woolen yarns on the banks of the Bellamy river. This 
was the beginning of the great manufacturing establishment 
which has made the name of the Sawyers familiar throughout 
the United States. As first operated, the mill was a grist mill, a 
custom carding and cloth-dressing mill — the combination of 
industries very common at that period, in which the great woolen 
manufacture of to-day had its genesis. The mill was enlarged 
and converted into a flannel mill in 1832. Jonathan Sawyer 
remained two years in Dover, attending school and working in 
his brother's mill. In the fall of 1835 he returned to Lowell, 
where his mother then resided, and afterward attended for a 
short time the Methodist school at Wilbraham. When 19 years 
old, he went to work in a woolen establishment at Lowell as a 
dyer. After a brief apprenticeship, he began the dyeing busi- 
ness on his own account, continuing it until 1839. In that year 
he was married to Miss Martha Perkins, of Barnet, Yt., and 
immediately went to Watertown, N. Y., where he served two 
years and a half as the superintendent of the Hamilton Woolen 
Company. Mr. Sawyer subsequently established a mill for the 
manufacture of satinets, in Watertown, which he operated until 
1849. In that year his brother, Alfred I. Sawyer, the founder of 
the Dover mill, died, leaving children who were too young to 
carry on the business of manufacturing. Jonathan Sawyer there- 
upon removed from Watertown to Dover, and in company with 
his brother Zenas continued the manufacture of flannels under 
the firm name of Z. & J. Sawyer. Two years later Zenas Sawyer 
retired from the business, and was succeeded by another brother, 
Francis A. Sawyer, who had been a prominent builder in Bos- 
ton. The firm, of F. A. & J. Sawyer was then formed, and this 
firm still continues in existence as the selling agent of the com- 
pany's product. They continued the manufacture of flannels in 
a wooden mill, which stood upon the site of the brick structures 
now occupied by the Sawyer Woolen Company. In 1858 the 
property lower down the river, now known as the lower mill, 
then called the Moses mill, and also operated as a flannel mill, 
was purchased by the firm. In 1860 this mill was enlarged to a 
four set mill, in 1863 to eight sets, and in 1882 to sixteen sets, with 
new machinery throughout. The old woolen mill, wherein were 
laid the foundations of this splendid enterprise,had been erected 
in 1832, and continued to be operated until 1872, when it was 
replaced by the present substantial structure, containing eighteen 
sets of cards, with preparing and finishing machinery for thirty- 
seven sets, as well as a new outfit of three sets for worsted 
manufacture, recently added. In 1873 the present company was 
incorporated under the name of the Sawyer Woolen Mills, and 
its first officers were Francis A. Sawyer, president; Jonathan Saw- 
yer, treasurer, and Charles H. Sawyer, agent. 

Until 1832 only yarns had been produced in the Sawyer 
mill, the spinning and weaving being done at the neighboring 
farmhouses. When the manufacture of flannels was begun in 
that year, the factory system was completely established in the 
mill, and the subsequent increase in the plant and in the quan- 
tity and quality of its products was largely due to the enterpris- 
ing inspiration of Jonathan Sawyer. The Sawyer Woolen Mills 


is justly regarded throughout the United States as one of the 
best types of a great manufacture. It is the center of an intel- 
ligent, thrifty, contented community, made up for the most part 
of families living happily in their own homes, and reflecting in 
their lives the influence which may be exerted upon the 
employes by men who regard the welfare of their help as closely 
as they watch the internal management of their mills. Mr. Saw- 
yer was a humanitarian as well as a manufacturer, and his chari- 
ties, while they were always unobtrusive, were as much a part 
of his life as his business. Shrinking from publicity as he always 
did, hiding his good deeds from the knowledge of the world, the 
example of his life was an ennobling influence in the community, 
and is the most precious of his legacies to family and friends. 
The unmarred reputation for strictest integrity which he has 
won, his far-seeing and far-reaching enterprise have enabled the 
corporation to pass prosperously through the financial depres- 
sions and panics which so many times have swept over the 
country during his long career. He has been a great lover of 
his home, where his fine tastes had full sway. When free from 
business, he was always there. He loved books, and his conver- 
sation showed an unusual breadth of reading in science, history 
and politics. He was possessed of a strong, clear intellect, a 
calm, dispassionate judgment, and sympathies which always 
brought him to the side of the weak and the suffering; and no one 
ever went to him for assistance and came away empty-handed. 

He was the father of ex-Governor Chas. H. Sawyer, Mary 
Elizabeth Sawyer, Francis Asbury Sawyer (who died two years 
ago in Boston), Roswell Douglass Sawyer, the artist of New 
York city, Martha Frances, wife of W. S. Bradley of Dover, 
Alice May Sawyer, and Frederic Jonathan Sawyer. Ch.: Charles 
Henry, b. Mar, 30, 1840; m. Susan Ellen Cowan, Feb. 8, 1865; 
address, Dover, N. H. Charles H. Sawyer is a lineal descend- 
ant of Thomas Sawyer, who settled in 1647 at Lancaster, Mass., 
where, in 1708, he {or possibly a son of his bearing the same 
name) was captured by the Indians and taken to Canada, and 
purchased his deliverance and that of several fellow-captives, 
by building for the French governor a saw mill; the first, it 
is said, in that region of country. 

Phineas, the great-great-grandson of Thomas, and the 
grandfather of Charles H. Sawyer, bought in Marlborough, 
Mass., a century later, a water privilege and mills, to which he 
afterward added a cotton factory, a difficult and hazardous 
undertaking at that early day. He operated it for some years, 
about the time of the last war with England, but probably with 
more public spirit than private advantage, and died in 1820, 
leaving a widow and twelve children. 

Charles H. was born in Watertown, N. Y. At the age of 10 
he was taken by his father to Dover, N. H., and acquired the 
basis of his education in the excellent public schools of that 
place. When he became 17 his father, who designed him for 
the hereditary calling of manufacturing, placed him in the flan- 
nel mill as an ordinary hand, to enable him to form a practical 
acquaintance with the various and complicated processes 
required to transform the rough fleece into the finished fabric. 
Here he supplemented his book education by the education of 
work, observation, and experience. Step by step he rose to the 
higher grades of employment, mastering every detail of the busi- 
ness as he went, until at the age of 26 he was appointed super- 
intendent of the establishment. Meantime, the proprietors of 
the mills hadgreatly extended their operations and had adapted 
the machinery to the manufacture of fine cassimere cloths and 
suitings. In 1873 they were incorporated by the name of the 
Sawyer Woolen Mills, and Col. Sawyer became apart owner and 
agent; and in 1881, on the death of his uncle, Francis A. Sawyer, 
the senior proprietor, he was chosen the president. 




The Sawyer Woolen Mills Corporation is now a large 
and prosperous concern, employing somewhere about five 
hundred operatives, and turning out a quality of cloth which 
has acquired a high reputation in the market for beauty, 
durability, and uniform excellence of workmanship. None but 
the best materials are used, and the best class of help is em- 
ployed. " Live and let live " is the motto of the managers. The 
employes have mainly grown up with the business, the changes 
having been very few; a great part of them have been in the 
employ of the concern for twenty years or more. They are paid 
liberal wages, and are comfortable and independent. They are 
large depositors in the savings banks, and many of them own 
their own houses, purchased with their earnings. As may be 
inferred, they are, as a body, temperate, industrious and orderly. 
They feel that their interests are identified with those of their 
employers, and no strikes or other labor troubles have ever dis- 
turbed the harmonious relations between them. 

The Sawyer Woolen Mills have introduced one new feature 
into their business which commends itself to the good sense of 
all. Instead of employing commission houses to dispose of 
their goods, as the former practice was, they now make their own 
sales. They thus reduce the chances of loss to the minimum; 
and, there being no middleman's profit to pay, they can better 
afford employment to their hands in times of depression. For a 
number of years past the active management of the entire busi- 
ness — buying, manufacturing, and selling— has fallen upon Col. 
Sawyer, and it has been so conducted that the credit of no other 
establishment stands higher. As a business man, alert, sagacious 
and successful, the Colonel has no superior in the state, and that 
is saying a great deal at this day, when the brightest of the New 
Hampshire boysare finding employment at home. The sterling 
business qualities which Col. Sawyer displayed in the conduct 
of his own affairs have naturally led to his being selected upon 
the board of management of other enterprises. He is a director 
of the Strafford National Bank, and a trustee of the Strafford 
Savings Bank; a director of the Dover Gas-light Company, and 
president of the Dover Horse Railroad Company; a director and 
member of the executive board of the Granite State Insurance 
Company; a director of the Portsmouth Bridge Company and 
president of the Eliot Bridge Company, and a director in the 
Portsmouth and Dover, in the Portsmouth, Great Falls and Con- 
way, and in the Wolfeborough branch railroads. These various 
and important trusts, numerous as they and his private engage- 
ments are, receive his careful attention; and it is safe to say that 
the opinion of no one concerned in their administration carries 
more weight than his. Col. Sawyer has too great an interest in 
public affairs to be without decided political convictions. He 
cast his earliest vote for Abraham Lincoln, and has ever since 
been unswerving in his allegiance to the Republican party. His 
experience in the service of the public has not been inconsider- 
able. After having served with credit in both branches of the 
city council of Dover, he was chosen a representative in the 
State Legislature in the years 1869 and 1870, and again in 1876 
and 1877. His ability and standing in that body are indicated 
by the fact of his assignment to the important committees on the 
judiciary, railroads, manufactures and national affairs. His last 
political service was that of delegate at large to the National 
Republican Convention at Chicago, in 1884. The military title 
by which he is known. Col. Sawyer derived from his appoint- 
ment upon the staff of the Governor of the State in 1881. It is 
the barest justice to him to add that he is no office-seeker. 
Modest and unassuming in a remarkable degree, the public 
positioYis he has held have come to him through no longing or 
efforts of his own; in his case it is emphatically true that " the 
office has always sought the man." 


Col. Sawyer is a member of the Congregational Society in 
Dover, and a liberal contributor to its support, as well as to 
every worthy object of charity and scheme of benevolence that 
is brought to his notice from whatever quarter. Though his 
manner is reserved, his heart is warm and his sympathies are 
quick and wide; and his generosity and helpfulness in a good 
cause are not limited by place or creed or nationality. He is a 
consistent temperance man, and a firm upholder of the prohib- 
itory law. Every work lor the improvement of the city or the 
public benefit finds in him a hearty supporter, grudging neither 
money nor more valuable personal effort to promote its advance- 
ment. For years he has been a zealous member of the Masonic 
fraternity. He was twice elected to the chair of the Strafford 
Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, and for the past seven 
years he has been the Eminent Commander of the St. Paul 
Commandery of Knights Templar. Though so diligent a man ' 
of affairs, Col. Sawyer finds the time for mental cultivation. His 
library contains the best books of solid value, and he has made 
himself acquainted with their contents. On all subjects of pub- 
lic interest and practical importance he keeps thoroughly 
informed, and has well-considered opinions. Naturally some- 
what reticent, he never obtrudes his views; but when they are 
sought for, they are found to go straight to the mark, and to 
have behind them all the force of rare sagacity and careful 
thought. He makes no pretentions to oratory, yet orators might 
well envy the impression which his plain, convincing statements 
command. In the recent panic caused by the withdrawal from 
the state of foreign insurance companies, it was mainly Col. 
Sawyer's calm and clear demonstration of the feasibility of a 
manufacturers* mutual system of home insurance that quieted 
the needless feelings of alarm. It has been truly remarked of 
Col. Sawyer that "Nature made him on a large scale." His 
great interests he wields easily, and carries his broad responsi- 
bilities without fatigue. His remarkable executive ability never 
seems to be taxed to its full capacity; there is always an appear- 
ance of reserve strength beyond. He has a large way of esti- 
mating men and things. No petty prejudices obscure the clear- 
ness of his vision or weaken the soundness of his judgment. He 
has the courage of his convictions, and does not shrink from 
telling an unpalatable truth when necessary; but he has the rare 
faculty of giving no needless offense. In the wide round of 
his occupations he must needs have caused some disappoint- 
ments, but his character for justice and square dealing is so uni- 
versally understood that censure finds no vulnerable spot to fas- 
ten on. Few prominent men are so free from enemies. The 
imperturbable poise of character which Col. Sawyer exhibits is 
one of his distinguishing features. Nothing throws him off his 
balance. He keeps entire control of his temper; he allows 
neither success to elate him, nor failure to depress him. As the 
western people say, he is "a man to tie to." This is the result 
of natural equanimity, supplemented by careful self-discipline. 
His powers are so cultivated that they are evenlv developed; 
his character is matured, well-rounded and symmetrical. More- 
over, he is, in the expressive phrase of the day, a " clean " man. 
His life has not been soiled by any mean or sordid action. Amidst 
many temptations to self-indulgence, he has preserved himself 
pure and unspoiled. In the several relations of son and husband 
and father, of friend and of citizen, he has been faithful and true 
to his duty. At twenty-five years of age he married Susan E., 
daughter of Dr. James W. Cowan. Their home is on the bank 
of the stream whose waters turn the wheels of Sawyer's mills. 
It is the unostentatious abode of genuine comfort and refine- 
ment. It is there that Col. Sawyer finds, in the society of his 
wife and children, rest from the cares of his business, and the 
truest enjoyment of his life. 


For several years past those who knew Col. Sawyer best 
felt that he was destined ere long to fill the chief executive 
office in the gift of the people of New Hampshire; and when, a 
few months since, his name was publicly mentioned for the 
gubernatorial nomination by the Republican party, it was 
received with enthusiasm by people in all parts of the state. 
The convention, when assembled, ratified what appeared to be 
the popular voice, and nominated him as their candidate for the 
governorship by a vote of nearly three-fourths of their whole 
number. Gratifying to the nominee as this spontaneous mark 
of the confidence of his party must have been, his reception 
by the people of his city, without distinction of party, must have 
been even more so. He was met on his return from the con- 
vention to Dover by a great procession, civic and military, of 
men of all opinions and callings, and escorted to his home amid 
cheers and music and illuminations all along the way. It was 
an ovation that testified more eloquently than words to the high 
estimation in which his character is held by his neighbors and 
townsmen. Governor of New Hampshire 1887-8-9. Col. Sawyer 
is yet in his prime. It is probable that one-half of his adult life 
is still before him. The qualities that have already made him 
one of our foremost men will guide and govern him throughout 
the remainder of his career. And all that he has thus far accom- 
plished is not unlikely to prove but the vestibule to the noble 
edifice of his completed life. Ch.: Mary Elizabeth, b. Oct. 28, 
1842, Dover, N. H.; Francis Asburv, b. Mar. 5, 1845; m. Sept. 10, 
1884, Emma K. Smith; he d. Dec. 23, 1889; Roswell Douglass, b. 
Mar. 14, 1848; m. Edwina Dean Lowe of St. Louis, Sept. 18, 1879; 
address, Paris, France, care of John Munroe & Co., bankers; 
Martha Frances, b. Mar 3, 1851; m. W. S. Bradley of Fairfield, 
Vt., Sept. 10, 1878; address, Dover, N. H.; Alice May, b. July 24, 
1853; m. Frederic W. Payne of Boston, Jan. 29, 1894; address, 
Boston, Mass.; Frederic Jonathan, b. May 27, 1860; m. Isabella 
Dootson, Aug. 19, 1881; address, Dover, N. H. 

1230. ii. Israel, b. Apr. 13, 1775; m. Phoebe Jennison. 

1231. iii. Rebecca, b. Apr. 13, 1777; m. Apr. 26, 1795, Amos Fairbanks, jr., 

of Harvard, b. Sept. 5, 1769. Ch.: Horace, b. Oct. 16, 1795; 
Amos, b. Nov. 27, 1799; Clark, b. Feb. 13, 1802. 

1232. iv. Lydia, b. May 25, 1779; m. Jan. 18, 1798, Samuel Sprague, of H., 
Nathan Sprague, Leominster. 

Betsey, b. May 24, 1782; m. June 7, 1803, Joseph Fairbanks, of H. 

Arathusa, b. Dec. 12, 1783; m. Farwell. 

AMOs,b. 1791; d. Sept. 12, 1794. 

Oliver, b. May 16, 1786; m. Mercy Whitcomb. 

Luther, b. Feb. 5, 1790; m. Melinda Wetherbee. 

Luke, b. Feb. 8, 1793; d. May 2, 1795. 

Nao.mi, b. Apr. 28, 1797; m. June 17, 1817, James Sawyer. 

487. John Whitney (Abraham, Isaiah, Thomas, John), b. Harvard, Oct. 3, 1746; 
m. at Bolton, Jan. 9, 1771, Sarah Atherton. 

He was born in Harvard, where he resided until a young man, when he moved 
to Bolton, where he was married. When the Revolutionary war broke out he 
enlisted in a Bolton company as per agreement: 

We the subscribers belonging to Bolton in the County of Worcester do promise 
to pay unto John Whitney of Harvard in said county or order in consideration of his 
engaging into the Continental service for three years for us, 18 calves, 10 whereof 
are to be heifers, and 8 steers to be delivered to him within six weeks after his dis- 
charge from the Continental service (provided it be within 3 years) viz. if he be 
discharged in one year from date he is to receive said stock at one year and six 
weeks old and so for a longer or shorter time according to the same rule. 

N. B. — Said stock is to be six weeks older when he receives them than the time 
he is in the service, provided it be no longer than three years. Said stock to be of 
the middling size. [Nurses Annals of Lancaster, Mass.] 

In 1781 he was of Bolton and in the regiment commanded by Col. Josiah Whit- 
ney, of Harvard. His brother, Isaiah Whitney, was admr. of the estate of John 
































Whitney, of Bolton. June 23, 1804, all the heirs are satisfied and sign as follows, viz.: 
Sarah Whitney, John Whitney, Milley Whitney, Caleb Moore, Ashsa Moore, Thomas 
Houghton and Aseneth Houghton. Caleb Moore was appointed guardian to Arte- 
mas Whitney, Eber, Sarah and Hannah, July 3, 1804. He d. May, 1802; res. Tops- 
field and Bolton, Mass. 

John, b. Apr. 13, 1780; m. Mary Mundy. 

Heber, b. Jan. 14, 1782. 

Aseneth, b. Feb. 16, 1784; m. Sept. 10, 1803, Thomas Houghton. 

Artemas, b. May 25, 1790. 

Achsah, b. ; m. Nov. 24, 1796, Caleb Moore. 

Milley, b. ; d. unm. 1804. 

Isaiah, b. ; m. Sarah . 

Sally, b. ; m. Mar. 22, 1816, Millard Atberton, of Goffs- 

town, N. H. She d. 1830. He d. Sept. 7, 1871; was a harness- 
maker. Ch.: Franklin Atherton, deed.; William, res. Green- 
field, N. H.; Charles A., d. Manchester, N. H., Aug. 20, 1892; 
Alonzo, b. Goffstown, N. H., Apr. 7, 1827; res. 3 So. State, Con- 
cord, N. H.; Mrs. Sarah Slocker, Saugus, Mass., her home now; 
Mrs. Lucinda Hall, lives at East Saugus, Mass.; Mrs. Elizabeth 
Horn, deed. 

1248. ix. Hannah, b. ; m. July 13, 1823, Jacob Whitney, of Harvard, 


488. Abraham Whitney (Abraham, Isaiah, Thomas, John), b. Harvard, Dec. 
20, 1748; m. in Bolton, Feb. 28, 1776, Rebecca Dudley, of Acton. She d. in Harvard, 
ae. 82. 

Abraham Whitney, Jr., was born in Harvard, Mass., where he always resided. 
He was educated for the ministry, but subsequently followed an agricultural life, 
remarking that he was not good enough to be a minister. He was in the Revolu- 
tionary army, in a Worcester Co. company. He was puritanic in all his tastes and 
was through life a thoroughly good man, highly esteemed and respected by all. He 
d. in Harvard abt. 1831; res. Harvard, Mass. 

Abraham, b. Mar. 3, 1777; d. Oct. 18, 1778. 
Abraha.m, b. Nov. 29, 1779; m. Alice Houghton. 
JosiAH, b. Aug. 18, 1781; m. Sally Puffer. 
John, b. July 31, 1783; m. Sally Stowe. 
Samuel, b. May 28, 1785; unm. Jan. 27, 1840. 
Simeon H., b. Mar. 20, 1787; m. Nancy Barnard. 
Rebecca, b. Oct. 13, 1789; m. Sept. 30', 1811, Joel Bowers. He was 
b. Feb. 5, 1789; d. Mar. 6, 1851; was a farmer. Ch.: Mary D., 

b. Apr. 31, 1814; ni. Taylor; res. Boxboro, Mass.; Cephas 

H., b. Oct. 23, 1816; res. Still River, Mass.; Rebecca H., b. Jan. 
18, 1825; m. Houghton; res. Bolton, Mass. 

1256. viii. Sarah, b. Feb. 11, 1797; m. June 24, 1819, Cephas Houghton. He 

was b. Feb. 11, 1792; d. Aug. 18, 1881. Was a farmer. Ch.: 
Sarah E., b. Mar. 24, 1820; d. Mar. 20, 1860; Geo. N., b. Oct. 23, 
1824; m. 1847; d. Oct. 23, 1893, in Leominster, Mass.; Edward 
W., b. Mar. 22, 1829; m. 1856; res. Still River, Mass.; Elsie A., 
b. Apr. 19, 1831; m. G. B. Grassie; res. Bolton, Mass.; John C, 
b. Dec. 26, 1836; m. May Smith; res. Still River, Mass. 

1257. ix. Mary, b. Jan. 17-, 1800; d. unm. 

1258. X. Elizabeth, b. Sept. 22, 1802; d. unm. 

1259. xi. Joseph, b. Jan. 6, 1795; d. May. 16, 1799. 

1260. xii. Abel, b. Oct. 20, 1791; d. Dec. 2, 1799. 
1260a. xiii. Lydia, b. . 

489. Isaiah Whitney (Abraham, Isaiah, Thomas, John), b. Harvard, Oct. 6,. 

1751; m. Sarah . He was administrator of his brother John's estate and was a 

farmer. He d. Mar. 1835; res. Saugus and Bolton, Mass. 

1261. i. Sarah, b. Oct. 8, 1799; m. May 23, 1823, George Sawyer, b. Bol- 

ton, Mass., Jan. 25, 1800, d. Epping, N. H., Aug. 2, 1876. He 
was a baker. She d. 1836. Ch.: Lucy Permelia Whitney, b. Jan. 
30, 1826, m. Sept. 14, 1856, Alonzo Atherton of Goffstown, N. H., res. 
3 So. State St.. Concord, N. H. (see); Susannah Newell Whitney,, 
b. Nov. 28, 1827, m. Oct. 15, 1851, Albert W. Gale, res. Haverhill, 
Mass.; Nathan Corey, b. Feb. 28, 1829. d. Aug. 29, 1829; Eunice 






























Corey, b. Sept. 29, 1830, m. 1850, David G. Young of Deerfield, 
N. H., d. Apr. 15, 1864; Isaiah Whitney, b. Jan. 25, 1833, m. 1855, 
Lucy Leavitt, d. Mar. 25, 1864, and left three chs.: Chas. Ather- 
ton Sawyer of East Boston, Mass., Isaiah Whitney Sawyer of 
Maiden, Mass., and Wm. P. Sawyer of Boston, Mass. 

1262. ii. Lucy, b. ; m. John Knight of Lynn, Mass. They res. in 

Bolton, Mass., and had one daughter who died in Medford, 
Mass., Mar. 10, 1878. 

1263. iii. John, b. ; m. Sirene Shattuck, b. Sept. 2, 1807, and d. in 

Bolton Sept. 25, 1863. She d. Mar. 16, 1838, and left one ch. 

490. Elijah W^hitney (Abraham, Isaiah, Thomas, John), b. Harvard, Feb. 15, 
1754; m. in Bolton, Apr. 14, 1772, Sarah Stearnes; b. 1753, Bolton; d. there Oct. 1812. 
He was born in Harvard, was a farmer. In 1779 he purchased a farm and settled 
in Bolton, where his wife died. He died in Lancaster. He d. Jan. 17, 1834; res. Bol- 
ton and Lancaster, Mass. 

Elijah, b. July 17, 1772; d.bef. 1781. 

Sarah, b. July 13, 1774; m. Dec. 15, 1797, James Townsend, Jr., of 

Bolton. Ch.: James, Sarah, Lyman and Hannah. 
Dinah, b. Sept. 23, 1776; m. Nov. 27, 1800, Benjamin W.Worcester 

of Bolton. Ch.: Daniel, Arad, Luke and Samuel. 
Samuel, b. Sept. 10, 1778; m. Lucy Handley. 
Elijah, b. Feb. 25, 1781; res. Charlestown, Mass.; d. May 18, 1866. 
Daniel, b. Feb. 10, 1783; d. bef. 1860. 
Abraham, b. Apr. 17, 1785; res. Shirley. 

Alice, b. Sept. 1, 1787; d. Mar. 9, 18—, in B. unm. R. M. Priest 
was admr. of her estate, Apr. 2, 1861. In the report is mentioned 
brothers Samuel, Elijah and Abraham, sisters Sophia Fleming, 
Nancy Priest, Elizabeth Bailey, Sarah Townsend and Dinah 

1272. ix. Sophia, b. Nov. 20, 1789; m. Fleming. 

1273. X. Nancy, b. Aug. 4, 1792; m. Oct. 20, 1814, Charles Priest, of Har- 


1274. xi. Elizabeth, b. Aug. 26, 1795; m. Dec. 28, 1815, Horace Bailey, of 

Bolton; res. in Westboro. 

493. Jonathan Whitney fZacheus, Joiiathan, Jonathan, John), b. Bedford, 
Mass., 1736, m. (int) Aug 20; m. Oct. 3, 1765, Mary Wyman, b. in 1744; d. Jan. 11, 
1778; m. 2d, June 30, 1779, Lucy Smith, b. in 1743; d. Oct. 11, 1817. He served during 
the Revolutionary war in a company from Lancaster. He d. Nov. 20, 1802; res. Lan- 
caster, Mass. 

Apr. 23, 1818, Jonas Whitney asks for a settlement of the estate of Jonathan. 
In March, 1820, the following heirs are satisfied with the division and sign receipts: 
Jona Whitney, Jonas Whitney, Zacheus Whitney, Ephraim Whitney, Horatio G. 
Buttrick, guar, to Caroline Buttrick, Wm. Ballou, Elizabeth Ballou, Reuben Wheeler, 
Sally Wheeler, Eli Stearns and Mary Stearns. Lucy Whitney's will of Lancaster 
gives to children of her deceased son Moses Smith, son Richard Smith, dau. Lucy 
Allen, dau. Sally Wheeler, gives to Caroline Buttrick, granddaughter, son Ephraim 
Whitney, whom she appointed exec. His gravestone in the Lancaster Middle 
Cemetery reads: 


to the memory of 

Mr. Jonathan Whitney 

who departed this life 

November 20th 1802 

aged 66 years 

Possessing the integrity and goodness of the upright man; his memory will be 
embalmed in the affections of all who knew his worth; and while virtue itself shall 
be revered, his virtues shall be had in remembrance of the virtuous and the good. 

1275. i. Mary, b. Jan. 14, 1767; m. Feb. 9, 1786, Eli Stearnes, Esq., b. 

1757; d. Mar. 7, 1825. She d. May, 1827; res. Lancaster. In 
1775 he was apprenticed to a Mr. Whittaker, a carpenter, at 
Princeton, who enlisted early in the Revolutionary war. Eli 
was sent to the army at Cambridge for a short time as a substi- 
tute for his master, and was there at the time of the battle of 










Bunker Hill, but was not in the battle. In 1777 he enlisted in a 
scouting party commanded by the subsequently notorious Dan- 
iel Shays, and was wounded by a ball from an Indian's gun, 
which passed through his head, entering the left cheek and 
coming out under the right ear. After being confined several 
months in the hospital at Albany, he became asst. com., and 
continued in the service until discharged in 1783. He was jus- 
tice of the peace and representative, 1806-10. Ch.: Charles, b. 
Mar. 15, 1788; rep. and senator; m. Julia A. Woodward and 
Amanda (Brown) Norcross; res. Springfield, Mass.; Mary, 
b. Jan. 26, 1791, unm.; Eliza, b. Nov. 18.1793; m. Francis Faulk- 
ner; res. Keene, N. H.; Sophia, b. Sept., 1795, unm.; Harriet, 
b. Nov. 21, 1797, unm.; William, b. Nov. 2, 1799; m. Elizabeths. 
Wilder; res. Boston; Catherine, b. Feb. 18, 1802, unm.; Sarah 
Whitney, b. May 13, 1804; m. Amos Chase, of Groton; Nancy 
b. Apr. 13, 1806; m. Otis Haskell; res. Claremont, N. H.; Au- 
gustus, b. Oct. 4, 1807; d. Sept. 12, 1811. 
1276. ii. Elizabeth, b. Feb. 14, 1766; m. Mar. 19, 1787, William Ballard; 
res. Lancaster, Mass. He was b. Mar. 23, 1764. 

Jonathan, b. Mar. 27, 1771. 

Jonas, b. Aug. 27, 1772; m. Mary Hawkes. 

Zaccheus, b. Mar. 11, 1774; m. Fanny . 

Ephraim, b. Mar. 28, 1780; m. June 7, 1821, Mrs. Mary Nurse, of 
Marlboro. He d. Sept. 6, 1842; res. Lancaster. 

1281. vii. Nancy, b. Nov. 13, 1784; m. Oct. 6, 1803, Capt. Horatio Gates 

Butterick, of Lancaster. Ch.: Caroline. She d. Jan. 27, 1811 ; 
he m. 2d Dec. 26, 1811, Marv Barnard. 

1282. viii. Sally, b. Oct. 19, 1786; m. Dec. 17, 1807, Reuben Wheeler, of 


1283. ix. Eunice, bap. Dec. 3, 1775; d. Nov. 2, 1777. 

1284. X. Sally, bap. Apr. 7, 1782; d. July 17, 1786. 

495. Lieut. Levi Whitney (Daniel, Jonathan, Jonathan, John),b. Dec. 5, 1739; 
m. Dec. 19, 1764, Rebecca Clark; m. 2d in Townsend Nov. 13, 1780, Mrs. Lydia (Ran- 
dall) Price. 

His second wife was the widow of Major Henry Price, the first deputy grand 
master of Masons in America. During the Revolutionary war Levi was an officer in 
the commissary department with the rank of lieutenant. He was a man of much me- 
chanical ingenuity and a manufacturer of agricultural tools. His children were all 
born in Townsend. He d. Jan. 8, 1809; res. Townsend and Shrewsbury, Mass. 
Amos, b. Feb. 11, 1766; m. Anna Brown. 
Asa, b. in 1767; m. Mary Wallis. 

Sarah, b. in 1769; m. May 3, 1791, Eleazer Flint, of Reading. 
Aaron, b. in 1772; m. Phebe Dunklee and Olive Lund. 
Sibil, b. Aug. 27, 1770; m. Cyrus Smith, of New Ipswich, N. H. 
He was born at New Ipswich, Mass., Mar. 20, 1768, was a farmer 
and died at Andover, Vt. Ch. b. three: Rebecka, b. Mar. 2, 
1796; m. William Craig; Cyrus G., b. Nov. 7, 1797; m. Ann 
Northup; Sewall Whitney, b. Dec. 13, 1802; m. Nancy Mansur; 
res. East Troy, Wis.; Jesse, b. July 31, 1804; m. Sylvia Burton; 
Thomas J., b. July 16, 1806; d. in N. Y. city, aged 19, school 
teacher; Polly, b. Dec. 1,1807; m. George Mansur; res. Neenah, 
Wis.; Sarah, b. Nov. 24, 1809; m. Leonard Andrews; res. Big 
Bend, Wis.; Releaf M. S. Mason, b. Nov. 22, 1811; m. Rev.J.O. 
Mason; res. Greenwood, N.Y.; Elvira, b. Mar. 2, 1814; m. Dr. 
Aaron Putman. 

1290. vi. SEWELL,b. ; d. unm. He was drowned by being accident- 

ally knocked from the deck of a sloop at Lansingburgh, N. Y. 

1291. vii. Rebecca, b. July 29, 1781; m. Sept. 18, 1799, Benjamin Wallace, 

of Townsend. 

496. Timothy Whitney (Daniel, Jonathan, Jonathan, John), b. Oct. 25, 1743. 
m. Dec. 1, 1768, Catherine Davenport, b. Aug. 12, 1747, 

He resided in that part of Shrewsbury, subsequentlv incorporated as Boylston' 
He was in the Revolutionary war in Capt. Ezra Bemis' Company in 1777. Was one 
of the first selectmen and served 1786-87-«8-89-90-91-92; town treasurer, 1796-97-98 






































99-1800-1801-1802 and assessor in 1788. He d. ; res. Shrewsbury and Boylston, 


1292. i. Lucy, b. March 23, 1769; m. Joseph Bigelow, b. Boylston, Mass., Apr. 

15. 1766; d. Mav 17, 1845. She d. Oct. 30, 1845; res. Boylston and 

Fitzwilliam,N.H. Ch.: Joseph, b. Sept. 22, 1787; m. Eunice Doty; 

Catherine, b. Aug. 26, 1789; m. Peter Prescott; Asahel, b. Oct. 15, 

17^*1; Levi, b. Sept. 13, 1794; m. Esther French; Lucy, b. Aug. 20, 

1797; d. unm. Aug, 28, 1823; Lyman, b. Dec. 8, 1799; d. July 18. 

1840, in Charleston, S. C; Charles b. Feb. 7, 1802; m. Elizabeth 

Nichols; Zebina, b. July 27, 1804; d. Nov. 3, 1810; Mary W., b. 

Mar. 10, 1808; d. Mar. 21, 1831. 

Shadrack, b. Oct. 6, 1770. 

Levi, b. Aug. 9, 1772. 

Mary, b. Jan. 7, 1774. 

Catherine, b. Oct. 10, 1777; d. infancy. 

Catherine, b. Feb. 15, 1779. 

Timothy, b. June 25, 1783. 

John, b. Apr. 6. 1785. 

497." Daniel Whitney (Daniel, Jonathan, Jonathan, John), b. Sept. 4. 1746; 
m. Sept. 26. 1771, Catherine Stone, of Oxford, Mass.; b. Nov. 15, 1752. He was in 
the Revolutionary army, in the company commanded by Capt. Andrews, of Shrews- 
bury; res. Shrewsbury and Marlboro, Mass.; Madison, N. Y. 

Jonah, b. Sept. 3, 1772. 

Isaac, b. Oct. 17, 1774. 

Sarah, b. July 21, 1776. 

Daniel, b. Sept. 4, 1777. 

Luther, b. Feb. 23, 1781. 

John Stone, b. June 20, 1783. 

William, b. Aug. 22, 1785. 

500. James Whitney (James, John, Jonathan, John), b. Framingham, Mass.. 
June 4, 1718; m. there Mar. 18, 1742, Patience Leland, dau. of Joseph and Esther 

(Thurston); b. 1722; she m. 2d Damon. They resided in Framingham, and 

moved to Sherborn in 1744. He d. in 1754; res. Sherborn, Mass. 

1307. i. John, b. Mar. 10, 1742; m. Hannah Holbrook. 

1308. ii. Joseph, b. Mar. 7, 1745. 

1309. iii. Martha, b. Aug. 16, 1747. 

1310. iv. Abigail, b. Dec. 11, 1749. 

504. Dea. Micah Whitney (James, John, Jonathan, John), b. Framingham 
Mass., June 4, 1725; m. in Natick 1747 Lydia Mason, of Natick. 

Deacon Micah was born in Framingham. He was in the French and Indian war 
and his name is found on Morris roll of Buckminster's regiment in 1755. He was one 
of the prominent citizens, was member of the church and deacon for many years, 
and one of the selectmen. Morse, in his History of Sherborn, says that he died June 
23, 1860. This is, of course, impossible. And if we correct it to 1760, we find that 
we have the date of Mark Whitney's death, whose will Micah witnessed only six 
days earlier. The chances are against this, also, so I conclude that Morse, ignorant 
of Mark's existence, jumped at the conclusion that the Natick records had been 
written " Mark" when they should have been written " Micah." I have been of the 
opinion that Micah, and Thomas (Mark's son) with their families, moved away about 
1760. Both men disappeared from Natick and vicinity about that time. I think 
Micah moved to Douglass, for he served in the Revolutionary war from that town; 
res. Natick and Douglass, Mass. 

Mary, b. Sept. 11, 1748. 

Amos, b. May 17, 1750. 

Micah, b. June 20, 1753. 

Daniel, b. Jan. 26, 1759. 

Mason, b. Dec. 16, 1765. 

505. Dea. Benjamin Whitney (James, John. Jonathan, John), b. Oct. 23, 1727, 
in Framingham; m. Esther Leland, b. 1728. 

He prob. m. 2d, Mary , for this is the name of his wife mentioned in his 

will. He d. in 1794; res. Sherborn, Mass. 

1316. i. James, b. in 1755; m. Susannah Hill. 

1317. ii. Joseph, b. in 1762; m. Sally Parks. 




















506. Ezra Whitney (James, John, Jonathan, John), b. Framingham, Feb. 22, 

1730; m., 1760, Agnes Ross; m. 2d, Elizabeth ; ni.3d, Mercy Morse. She d. in 

Uxbridge, Mass., Sept. 23, 1794 He was in the Revolutionary war, in the company 
from Douglass, commanded by Capt. Wallis. He d. Sept. 24. 1804; res. Wrentham, 
Mendon, Sherborn, Lunenburg and Douglass, Mass., and North Woodstock, Conn. 

James, b. Mendon, Dec. 15, 1764; m. for third wife, Mary Rob- 

John, b. . He was graduated at Dartmouth college, but in 

1797 was insane. 

Ezra, b. Nov. 29, 1760; m. . 

Moses, b. in 1756; m. Hannah , and Mrs. Nancy (Mann) 


Samuel, b. ; m. Azubah . 

Mercy, b. about 1770; m. in Uxbridge, Mass., Capt. Samuel 
Read, of Uxbridge. He was b. Dec. 12, 1769; d. Apr. 19, 1839; 
res. Uxbridge, Mass.; for 20 years he was the representative in 
the legislature, and was a prominent and distinguished citizen. 
She d. Mar. 26, 1835. Ch.: Nancy, b. Aug. 3, 1794; Abigail 
M., b. June 12, 1796; Elizabeth H., b. Sept. 18, 1798; Mary G., b. 
Oct. 22, 1800; d. Sept. 13, 1806. 

1324. vii. Elizabeth, b. ; m. Hill. Ch.: Ezra, Hannah, Irene, 

Moses, and Micah. 

1325. viii. Micah, b. ; d. Uxbridge, Mass., Feb. 12, 1795. 

507. Hon. Daniel Whitney (James, John, Jonathan, John), b. Framingham, 
Dec. 13, 1733; m. Miriam Leland, b. 1740; d. 1817-8. Hon. Daniel Whitney was ohe 
of the most prominent citizens in Sherborn. He was selectman 1784-6-8-9-90-1-2 
3-5-1800-1-2-3; town clerk in 1773; town clerk and treasurer from 1775 to 1781; was 
representative to the Continental Congress 1775-6; member of the convention to 
revise the state constitution in 1780; representative 1781-3-4-5-8-9-91-2^4-5-6-8-9 
1800-1-3. In 1788 Daniel Whitney, Esq., of Sherborn, was the delegate to the con- 
vention for the purpose of ratifying the constitution by Massachusetts. It was held 
in Boston from Jan. 9 to Feb. 9, 1788. He d. in 1810; res. Sherborn, Mass. 

1326. i. Amos, b. 1762; m. Catherine Hunt. 

1327. ii. Elizabeth, b. 1765; m. William Clark; she d. 1835; Ch.: Alpheus, 

b. 1785; m. Nancy Leland; Polly, b. 1789; d. 1790; Polly, b. 1792; 
m. Lemuel Leland; d. 1814. 

1328. iii, Daniel, b. in 1768; m. Dorcas White. He was lost at sea in 1800, 

s. p.; res. Boston, Mass. 

1329. iv. Mary, b. 1770; m. Hon. John Bullard, selectman 8 years; repre- 

sentative 1819; res. S.,and d. 1840. Ch.: Sally, b. Mar. 5, 1794; m. 
Martin Clark and William' Stratton; Mary W.,b. Feb. 5, 1804; 
m. Henry Ballard; Eliza, b. May 16, 1807; m. Richard Richard- 
son; d. s. p. Dec. 5, 1844; John W., b. May 13, 1809; d. 1813; 
Daniel W., b. May 13, 1811; m. Abigail Hemenway and M. H. 

1330. V. Aaron, b. in 1772; m. Eda Fiske. 

510. Peter Whitney (Josiah, Josiah, Jonathan, John), b. Willington, Conn., 
Apr. 10, 1738; m. in Tolland, Conn., Apr. 21, 1763, Mercy Case, b. Aug. 15, 1745; d. 
Apr. 19, 1819. 

He was born at Willington, Conn.; married at Tolland. He was a farmer and 
resided at Ashford and Willington, Conn., until after the birth of his children, when 
he moved to Tunbridge, Orange Co., Vt. They were buried in East Bethel, Vt., the 
. village where they had gone to church. He was a soldier in the last French war and 
also served in the Revolutionary war in the Conn. line. He was pensioned Apr. 6, 
1818. He d. June 19, 1826; res. Tolland, Conn., and Tunbridge, Vt. 

1331. i. Thomas, b. Sept. 18, 1770; m. Mary T. Jennings. 

1;S32. ii. Peter, b. Oct. 31, 1776; m. Edith Davis and Sibyl Ainsworth. 

1333. iii. Jonathan, b. Feb. 20, 1766; m. Eunice Story, Dora Marsh, Zylpha 

Holt and Betsey Bolton. 

1334. iv. Lois, b. Mar. 31, 1768; m. Major-General Lovell Hubbard. She d. 

in 1818, in Royalton, Vt. 

1335. V. Anna, b. Sept. 10, 1774; m. Oliver Preston. She d. Mar. 9, 1858, at 

Royalton, Vt. A son, Jonathan W., resides in Manchester, N. H. 


1336. vi. Rebecca, b. Aug. 16, 1772. She had one arm and one leg ampu- 

tated at her father's house, and died there unm. in 1806. 

1337. vii. Esther, b. Nov. 1, 1778; m. Col. Arannah Hibbard. He was 

wounded at the battle of Queenstown in the war of 1812. She 
d. at Siurgis, Mich. 

1338. viii. Molly, b. Mar. 16, 1764; d. young. 

1339. ix. Lydia, b. Feb. 10, 1781; m. Joseph Bartlett. She died soon after 

her marriage. 

1340. X. Mary, b. Mar. 16, 1784. 

1341. xi. Molly, b. Mar. 16, 1784. 

520. Josiah Whitney (Josiah, Josiah, Jonathan, John), b. Willington, Conn., 
Nov. 16, 1764; m. at East Windsor, Conn., Nov. 26, 1783, Mary Loomis. In 1781, 
when seventeen years of age, he was in the Revolutionary army, in a Belchertown 
company. After his death she m. Nov., 1797, with Solomon Payne and moved to 
Rootstown, Ohio, where she d. of smallpox Jan. 14, 1850. He d. Oct. 29, 1792; res. 
Granville, Mass. 

1342. i. Sarah, b. June 4, 1785; m. Beman Chapman and settled in Roots- 

town, Ohio, where she died Aug. 21, 1846. Son Pliney res. 
New Milford, Ohio. 

1343. ii. Mary, b. Oct. 2,1787; m. Dec. 22, 1806, Nathan Chapman at Roots- 

town, a chair manufacturer, b. Vernon, Conn., July 5, 1783. 
They both lived to be over 90 years of age. Ch.: E. P.; res. 
New Milford, Ohio. 

1344. iii. Indiana, b. Aug. 21, 1789; m. Calvin Allen, a clothier, who was 

b. in Conn. They moved in 1823 to Duaiiesburgh, N. Y., and 
thence in 1828 to Silver Lake, Pa., where he d. Mar. 12, 1834, 
and was buried in Quaker cemetery. She resided last at Brook- 
dale, Pa. Son Luman W. res. Brookdale, Pa. 

1345. iv. Josiah, b. May 1, 1791; m. Almira Ellsworth. 

523. Lieut. Benjamin Whitney (Joseph, Joseph, Jonathan, John), b. Pepperell 
Oct. 27, 1741; m. Aug. 12, 1761, Mary Turner, b. 1741; d. Sept. 5, 1778; m. 2d Rebecca 
Fitch, b. 1759; d. June 23, 1793; m. 3d in P. Mar. 5, 1794, Olive Farnsworth, of Groton, 

b. 1755; d. s. p. Jan. 13, 1809; m. 4th Anna Woods, b. ; d. Sept. 11, 1866. His 

will was probated in 1822. William Livermore, of Groton, was appointed to Frank- 
lin and George, minors. He d. Sept., 1821; res. Pepperell, Mass. 

1346. i. "Benjamin, b. May 5, 1764. He served in the Revolutionary war 

in 1781 for Pepperell when but 17 years of age. His name is 
found on the Revolutionary war records at the state house in 
Boston. He was married and resided in Tunbridge, Vt., but 
later moved to Geneseo, N. Y., finally locating in Boston, Mich. 
TDavid, b. Feb. 11, 1766; m. Susanna Huntington. 
V\bel, b. Mar. 15, 1770; m. Phebe Scott. 
Thomas, b. July 15, 1780; m. Betsey Wallis and Annie York. 
»Abijah, b. Aug. 22, 1781; m. Lydia Tarbell. 
.Joseph, b. Apr. 18, 1784; d. Aug. 18, 1805. 
Aaron, b, Feb. 22, 1786; m. Betsey Parker. 

♦Polly, b. Jan. 25, 1788; m. Leonard Lakin. He res. in Boston and 
was a pilot in Boston harbor. Ch.: Leonard, b. Aug. 13, 1833; res. 
Ft. Atkinson, Wis.; Mary Ann, b. May 25, 1817; m. Moses Love- 
joy; res. Riverside, 111. 
•Hannah, b. Jan. 7, 1792; d. Oct. 22, 1794. 
Franklin, b. Nov. 30, 1810; m. Catherine Kemp. 
George, b. Mar. 24, 1813; d. young. 
•Mary, b. Mar. 4, 1763; d. Aug. 27, 1778. 
Abigail, b. May 8, 1768; d. Aug. 28, 1778. 
♦Martha, b. Jan. 19. 1772; d. Aug. 28, 1778. 
rABijAH, b. Nov. 29, 1774; d. Sept. 3, 1778. 
•Anna, b. Nov. 5, 1775; d. Aug. 25, 1778. 
J'homas, b. July 23, 1777; d. Aug. 29, 1778. 

529. Joseph Whitney (Joseph, Joseph, Jonathan, John), b. Pepperell, Mass., 
Oct. 20, 1755; m. Mary Woods, b. 1764; d. Acworth, N. H., in 1841. He was from 
Pepperell, Mass., served in the Revolutionary army, and was at the battle of Bunker 
Hill. Later he removed to Acworth, N. H„ in 1807. Apr. 25, 1818, he was granted a 














































pension, but it was suspended in 1820. He d. Acworth, N. H., in 1810; res. Pepperell, 
Mass., Francistown and Acworth, N. H. 

1365. i. Polly, b. Sept. 5, 1781; m. Sept. 12, 1804, Phinehas Parker and 

rem. to Vt. He was b. in Dedham, N. H., Sept. 5, 1781 ; d. Dec. 
29, 1873. She d. Jan. 24. 1873. Ch.: Mary Ann; a child is Mrs. 
Geo. H. Osgood, East Randolph, Vt.; Marinda; a child is Geo. 
Annis, Craftsbury, Vt.; Charles, b. Sept. 24, 1810; m. Rebecca 
Whitney, dau. Joseph D. (which see); res. E. Randolph, Vt.; 
Caroline, dead; John, a son, is Don Parker, St. Albans, Vt.; 
Phinehas, res. Hartford, Vt.; Fannie, dead; Sally, dead. 

1366. ii. Emma, b. Aug. 16. 1785; m. Mar. 25, 1806, Elijah Dickerman; res, 

Chelsea, Vt. He was b. July 20, 1783; d. Dec. 3, 1861. He was 
a blacksmith and farmer. She d. Aug. 28, 1834. Ch.: Mary, b. 
Mar. 29, 1807; m. Mar. 29, 1825; d. Feb. 2, 1880; Emma, b. July 
26,1809; d. Sept. 15, 1809; Amy, b. May 6, 1811; m. Mar. 25, 1834; 
d. May 8, 1884; Rebekah, b. Dec. 19, 1812; m. Mar. 12, 1855; d. 
Apr. 13, 1885; Elijah, b. Sept. 26, 1814; m. Nov. 26, 1835; d. July 
5, 1876; Enoch, b. Apr. 27, 1816; m. Nov. 26, 1835; d. June 5, 
1883; Edmund, b. May 27, 1818; m. Oct. 28, 1838; d. Feb. 5, 
1886; Lewis, b. Sept. 28, 1822, m. July 24,1845; res. No T.; Sally, 
b. Oct. 30, 1824; m. Nov, 1, 1841, Eli Camp; res. No. Ran- 
dolph, Vt. 

Joseph, b. ; d. young. 

Joseph D., b. Apr. 4, 1791; m. Susanna Drury. 

Isaac W., b.— ; m. Polly Blood. 

John, b. May 4, 1795; m. Polly Lewis. 

Leonard, b. June 4, 1797; m. Philanda Blood. 

Rebecca, b. Apr. 3, 1799; m. Feb. 23, 1826, Theron Thayer, b. 
Apr. 26, 1803; d. Nov. 4, 1841. She m. 2d, Asa T. Grames. She 
d. Jan. 21, 1892. Ch.: Parilla, b. Feb. 18, 1827; m. to Charles 
Densmore, Feb. 18, 1850; ch., Mrs. Edwin'Spencer, Claremont, 
N. H.; Mrs. James Hamlin, N. Randolph, Vt.; Mrs. Emma 
Morse, W. Bethel, Vt.; Mrs. J. M. Flint, Chelsea, Vt. 

1373. ix. David, b. Acworth, N. H.; m. Lydia C. Chase; a dau. Mary A., 

m. Cutler S. Angier; res. Langdon, N. H. 

1374. X. Edmund, b. ; d. unm. 

1375. xi. Alvah, b. ; d. unm. 

530. James Whitney (Joseph, Joseph, Jonathan, John), b. Pepperell, Mass., 

Dec. 6, 1757; m. . He d. Aug. 18, 1799; res. Ludlow, Vt. 

1376. i. Orlando, b. ; m. Asenath Stiles. 

1377. ii. Daniel, b. in 1777; m. Content Stiles. 

1378. iii. James, b. . 

1379. iv. Jazamiah, b. Sept. 1,'1780; m. Rebecca Whipple. 

1380. V. , b. ; m. Sangar; res. St. Johnsbury, Vt. 

532. James Whitney (James, Joseph, Jonathan, John), b. Dunstable, Mass., 
Kov. 4, 1742; m. Sept. 4, 1766, Sarah Lund; res. Dunstable, Mass., and . 

1381. i. Sarah, b. in D., May 27, 1767. 

533. John Whitney (James, Joseph, Jonathan, John), b. Dunstable, Apr. 15, 
1745; m. at Westminster, Mass., Feb., 1781, Mary Jones; b. Framingham, Mass., 1757; 
d. Apr. 19, 1836. 

John Whitney, a brother of Jonathan, went to Fitzwilliam, N. H., from Dunstable, 
Mass., before 1776. His wife was Mary Jones, a native of Framingham, Mass. He 
died in Troy, N. H., in 1829. He was in the battle of Bunker Hill, in Capt. Whit- 
comb's company, of Col. James Reed's regiment. In 1776 in Capt. Abijah Smith's 
company for New York, mustered Sept. 21. He was one of the men returned for 
Fitzwilliam for three years or the war. In 1777 he marched to reinforce the garrison 
at Ticonderoga, on the alarm in Capt. John Mellen's company. Was for a time in 
Col. Timothy Bigelow's regiment for Worcester, Mass. John Whitney served in the 
Revolutionary army, and early in 1780 in company with his brother Jonathan he left 
his home in Dunstable, Mass., having purchased the tract of land on "the east side 
of the road," in Troy, N. H., later Fitzwilliam. He resided on the farm until his 
death. He d. Nov. 3, 1829; res. Fitzwilliam and Troy, N. H. 










1382. i. Nathan, b, June 18, 1781; d. in 1811 in Sherburne, Vt., of spotted 

fever; unm. 

1383. ii. Mary, b. Mar. 2, 1783; m. Feb. 16, 1812, Luke Harris. She d. 
Sept. 1^ 1816. (See below.) 

Lucy, b. Jan. 22, 1785; d. May 18, 1794. 

Sally, b. May 30, 1787; m. George Farrar, and d. s. p. in 1864. 

John, b. Dec. 10, 1789; m. Mrs. Augusta (Fisk) Brooks. 

Betsey, b. July 12, 1792; m. Apr. 10, 1817, Luke Harris. He was 
b. Dec. 1, 1790, at Richmond, N. H., and d. at Nelson, N. H., 
Feb. 2, 1872. He was a farmer, carpenter and manufacturer. 
Ch.: James Madison, died in infancy; Martha, b. Mar. 25, 1816 
(first wife); m. Herman Kendall, of Sterling, Mass., and d. Aug. 
7. 1881; had 2 ch., H. P., res. Sterling, Mass.; Mary Ann, b. Oct. 
30, 1817; m. Feb. 11, 1869, Dea. Jabez Butler, and he was b. Nov. 
14, 1803, and d. Jan. 14, 1889. Was a sash and blind maker. She 
res., s. p., in Plymouth, Vt., and is a regular practicing physician. 
Graduated 1859. Susan Harris, b. Mar. 20, 1818; d. Dec, 1833; 
Sarah W., b. Oct. 23, 1819; m. Isaac W. Holbrook, who d. Feb. 
27,1881; ch., Ellen M. and Susan L.; res. M.; Nathan W., b. 
Mar. 5, 1821, n. f. k.; went to N. O. and to St. Louis, and is sup- 
posed to have died there of cholera; Ferdinand and Isabella, b. 
Mar. 23, 1824; d. June. 1825; an infant, b. Aug., 1827, which lived 
only a day; John W., b. Sept. 15, 1828, supposed to have been 
drowned at sea; Isaiah Turbur, b. June 13, 1831; m. Mary S. 
Phillips; Caroline Elizabeth, b. Feb. 14,1833; m. Minot Phillips, 
who d. in the war, and Herman Wheeler, res. E. Sullivan, N. H.; 
1888. vii. Sophia, b. Jan. 20, 1795; m. Eseck Dexter, and d. in 1866, leaving 
Eseck, Ferdinand, Lorenzo and Oscar. 

1389. viii. Luke, b. Dec. 25, 1798; m. Louisa White. 

534. Jonathan Whitney (James, Joseph, Jonathan, John), b. Dunstable, Mass.' 
Aug. 15, 1745; m. (the first marriage recorded in Fitzwilliam, N. H.) May 7, 1772] 
Abigail Hemenway, b. Apr. 26, 1749, dau. of Joseph and Mary (Adams) Hemenway* 
Jonathan Whitney, in company with his brother John, purchased a farm in 1780 at 
Fitzwilliam, N. H. About 1810 he disposed of his interest to one Sanford, and 

moved to Hartland, Vt. He d. — ; res. Dunstable, Mass., Fitzwilliam, N. H., and 

Hartland, Vt., in 1805. 

1390. i. James, b. Nov. 3, 1772. He married, went west, and died s. p. 

1391. ii. Joseph, b. June 7, 1774; m. Sophia Oliver. 

1392. iii. Francis, b. Sept. 17, 1776. He d. June 1, 1842, and left two daus.; 

one is Mrs. Abigail Collins; res. Lisbon, N. Y. 

1393. iv. Benjamin, b. Apr 6, 1781. He was killed when a young man; 

was at work on a railroad, blasting rock, and killed by a 
piece from the blast. 

1394. V. Jonathan, b. Apr. 6, 1783; m. Miranda Marvin. 

1395. vi. Charles, b. June 17,1786. He had three sons and three daus.; 

one, James, res. Bristol, Vt., and Charles; res. Brookfield, Vt. 

1396. vii. Calvin, b. May 25, 1788; m. Eliza Everton. 

1397. viii. Haynes, b. Dec, 1789; m. Jane Robinson. 

537. William Whitney (William, William, Joshua, John), b. Canaan, Conn., 
Feb. 5, 1725; m. at Salisbury, Conn., June 4, 1747, Arcoucher Dutcher; m. 2d Jane 

He was born probably at Killingly, though some traditions have it at Canaan; 
was married at Salisbury as "William Whitney from the east part of Connecticut." 
He was a farmer. He d. ; res. Salisbury, Conn. 

1398. iii. Christopher, b. Sept. 28, 1751; m. Mary Ticknor. 

1399. i. Hestry, b. Aug. 4, 1748; m. Oct. 15, 1766, Joshua Sardam. 

1400. ii. Mary, b. Aug. 24, 1750; d. young. 

1401. iv. Cornelius, b. Dec. 31, 1753; m. Hetty Green. 

1402. v. RuLUFF, b. . He was a soldier and was killed at the battle 

of Quebec 

1403. vi. John, b. Oct. 5, 1757; res. Maryland. 

1404. vii. Mary, b. Oct. 1, 1759. 


1405. viii. Solomon, b. Mar. 1, 1763. 

1406. ix. Jane, b. May 22, 1766. 

538. Thomas Whitney (William, William, Joshua, John), b. Killingly, Conn., 
Feb. 28, 1727; m. Elizabeth Boardman; b. Sheffield, Mass., d. before 1793. 

He was probably born in Killingly, Conn., where he resided until after his 
marriage, when he moved to Canaan. He had a deed of land from his father, Nov. 
5, 1750, in consideration of parental love, etc. As Thomas Whitney of Claverack in 
ye County of Albany and Province of New York for ;^50, he deeded to his honored 
father, William Whitney, of Canaan, the same 54and, June 18, 1761. Thomas was a 
farmer, and at the time of his death resided in Nobletoivn, Hillsdale, Columbia Co., 
N. Y., where he took an active part under the lead of Robert Noble, in a strife between 
the authorities of the colony of Massachusetts and those of New York, relative to the 
soil and jurisdiction of certain lands in the manor of Livingston. June 26, 1766, the 
sheriff and posse proceeded to Noble's house to arrest him and other persons named 
in the warrant, and when near Noble's house the two parties came in collision and 
"thereupon a firing by both parties instantly ensued and Cornelius Ten Broeck, one 
of the posse, Thos. Whitney, one of the rioters, were both shot and died on the spot." 
(See the proclamation of Sir Henry Moore, of July 3, following in Documentary History 
of New York.) His widow went to Chenango, N. Y., with her son, Joshua, and died 
there before 1793, and was buried on the farm where they lived. Thomas was buried 
on his own farm at Nobletown. He d. June 26, 1766; res. Canaan, Conn., and Noble- 
town, N. Y. 

1407. i. Joshua, b. Nov. 27, 1748; m. Hannah Green. 

1408. ii. John, b. May 15, 1751; res. Chenango, N. Y. 

1409. iii. William, b. . He d. Jan. 18, 1810, was a prominent citizen 

of Chenango Co., N. Y., and was general in the State Militia. 

1410. iv. Elizabeth, b. ; m. Thomas Green; res. Lisle, N. Y., where 

he was a member of the First Cong, church. She d. in 1822, 
They res. in Lisle, two miles from Whitney's Point, N. Y. 

540. Capt. Joshua Whitney (Joshua, William, Joshua, John), b. Plainfield, 
Conn., Mar. 25, 1*750; m. Sally Cochran. 

During the Revolutionary war he was in a Connecticut regiment, and ensign of 
one of the companies and later first lieutenant in Capt. McKinstry's Co. 9th N. Y. 
Regt. of the Claverack Batt. In 1779 he was captain, and at its close moved to New 
York state. He finally settled in Addison Co., Vt., and died there. He was granted 
a pension by the Govt. Mar. 30, 1818. Joshua Whitney, of Arguile, Wash. Co., N. Y., 
sold land in New Marlborough, Mass., Dec. 31. 1808, which fell to me as heir to the 
estate of Joshua Whitney, Esq., late of Plainfield, Conn., deed, and was set off by the 
distribution of said estate to me. He d. in 1821; res. Conn., N. Y. state, and Addison 
Co., Vt. 

1411. i. William, b. May 24, 1795; m. Martha Ann Perlee. 

541. Benjamin Whitney (Joshua, William, Joshua, John), b. Conn. Oct., 1755; 
m. Sarah Bassett, b. Aug. 20, 1775, d. Mar. 27, 1861. She m. 2d John Farnsworth and 
removed to Cayuaga, N. Y. She was b. Aug. 27, 1776; d, Mar. 27, 1861. He d. 
Aug. 27, 1801; res. Granville, N. Y. 

1412. i. Benjamin, b. Apr. 10, 1797; m., and d. June 10, 1830, leaving 7 ch. 

1413. ii. Aaron, b. Sept. 14, 1798; m. Electa Leach. 

1414. iii. Sally, b. Oct. 8, 1800; m". Jan. 22, 1822, Lorenzo Colburn and had 


643. Elijah Whitney (John, William, Joshua, John), b. Canaan, Conn., ; 

m. there Sept. 24, 1772, Cloe Beckley; res. Canaan, Conn. 
Elijah, b. Feb. 25, 1773. 
Elisha, b. Aug. 10, 1774. 
Joseph, b. July 21, 1776; m. Mary P. Persons. 
Electa, b. 











544. Capt, 
r; m. 

William, b. Feb. 22, 1784; m. Prudence Brown. 
Capt. John Whitney (John, William, Joshua, John), b. Canaan, Conn., in 
He was buried in the family lot in South Canaan. He d. Aug. 14, 
1807; res. Canaan, Conn. 

1420. i. John, b. 1796; d. Mar. 18, 1809. 

547. Lebbeus Whitney (Caleb, William, Joshua, John), b. Aug. 25, 1745; m. 
Mary Ann , b. June, 1764. He d. Oct. 5, 1785; res. . 


1421. i. Lebbeus, b. Sept. 3, 1775; d. Mar. 7, 1776. 

1422. ii. Margaret, b. Aug. 25, 1776; m. Mar. 30, 1794, John Gardner, d. 

Charlestown, S. C, Mar. 26, 1822, ae. 56. She m. 2d Wm. H. 
Booth. She d. Sept. 11, 1846, at Charlestown, S. C. Ch.: Henry 
Whitney, b. Dec. 22, 1794; m. Feb. 6, 1816, Mary E. Sims; 4 ch. 

1423. iii. Jacob, b. Nov. 2, 1779; d. Nov. 9, 1779. 

1424. iv. Thomas Harvey, b. Jan. 4, 1781. 

1425. v. Archibald, b. May 28, 1785; m. Mary Drennes. • 

652. John Merrick Whitney (Caleb, William, Joshua, John), b. July 18, 1758; 
m. . He d. bef. 1819; res. Georgia. 

1426. i. Andrew G., b. . He was an attorney at law at Detroit, 

Mich., and d. there of cholera in 1826. He was married, but 
none of his children survived him. 

553. James Rex Whitney (Caleb, William, Joshua, John), b. Oct. 16, 1760, in 
Middletown, Conn.; m. Mary Allen; d. Charlestown, S. C., Nov. 22, 1814. He was 
born in Middletown, Conn., and resided nearly all his life in the south. Three years 
before his death he was elected sergeant at arms of the Miss, legislature. He d. 
Feb. 4, 1822; res. Franklin, Ga., and Washington, Miss. 

1427. i. Jedediah, b. Mar. 3, 1782; m. Keziah Barrett. 

1428. ii. Lebbeus, b. Oct. 8, 1785; m. Elizabeth Ford. 

1429. iii. Mary, b. Georgia; m. Richard Hardin; res. Hardin's Ford, Ga.; 


1430. iv. William, b. in 1790; m. Sarah Leggett, Mrs, Mary Smith, and 

Mrs. Henry King. 
14'1. V. John Merrick, b. June 4, 1792; m. Clarissa Montgomery. 

557. Cornelius Whitney (Matthias, Cornelius, Joshua, John), b. at Killingly, 
Conn., July 5, 1749; m. Graves; m. 2d Elizabeth May; b. Rutland, Vt.;d. . 

He was born in Killingly, Conn., in that part which was subsequently North Kil- 
lingly. He served four years in the Revolutionary war in a Connecticut regiment, 
and was at the battle of Bunker Hill. At the close of the war he moved to Granville, 
N. Y., and later to Mexico, N. Y., where he died. Was a farmer. He d. Mar. 24, 
1833; res. North Killingly, Conn., Granville and Mexico, N. Y. 

Matthias, b. May 25, 1776; m. Betsey Barnes. 

James, b. Aug. 27, 1779; m. Betsey Law. 

Lyman Eliphalet, b. Feb. 17, 1781; m. Lucy Ellsworth. 

Cornelius, b. Jan. 27, 1782; m. Rhoda Gould. 

Sally, b. Apr. 22, 1791. 

ZOLVA (Resolved), b. Jan. 11, 1795; d. bef. 1874. 

Alice, b. Mar. 15, 1799; d. bef. 1874. 

RoxA, b. June 24, 1801; m. Williams; res. Butler, N. Y. 

John, b. Jan. 2, 1804; m. Nancy Huntington, Caroline M. Herbert, 
Mrs. Page, and Mrs. Elizabeth Moran. 

558. Joshua Whitney (Matthias, Cornelius, Joshua, John), b. Killingly, Conn., 
Nov. 23, 1751; m. Apr. 6, 1775, Lydia Bu Day, b. Sept. 30, 1752. After his death she 
married again to a Mr. Wardsworth, and d. Oct. 15, 1817. He was a farmer. He d. 
Sept. 21, 1796; res. Rutland, Vt., and Avon, N. Y. 

1441. i. Joshua, b. June 10, 1782; m. Huldah Markham, 

1442. ii. Elkanah, b. . 

1443. iii. David, b. . 

1444. iv. Sarah, b. — . 

1445. V. Hannah, b. . 


















660. David Whitney (Matthias, Cornelius, Joshua, John), b. Killingly, Conn., 
May 3,1754; m. Olive Day; m. 2d, Mary Glassford. He died in Canada; res. Hart- 
ford. Conn., and Augusta, Canada. 

1446. i. Lucy, b. . ' 1455. x. Olive, b. . 

1447. ii. David, b. . 1456. xi. David, b. . 

1448. iii. Cynthia, b. . 1457. xii. Calvin, b. ; m. 

1449. iv. Comfort, b. . Hiltha Scott, Caro- 

1450. V. Mary, b. . line Conkline and 

1461. vi. Asa, b. . ' Isabella Harrison. 

1452. vii, Alanson, b. . 1468. xiii. Asa, . 

1463. viii. Samuel, b. . 1459. xiv. John, b. . 

14.54. ix. Sarah, b. . 



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561. Samuel Whitney (Matthias, Cornelius, Joshua, John), b. Jan. 2, 1757; m. 
Apr. 28, 1784, Tabitha Warren; d. Aug. 22, 1846. He served during the Revolution- 
ary war; was at Valley Forge in the winter of 1778 unaer Washington, and assisted 
in rescuing his horse from the mire and saving it from drowning by means of a rope, 
for which service he was personally thanked by Gen. Washington. After the war he 
was pensioned, receiving $8 per month during his life. He d. Jan. 7, 1850; res. East- 
ford, Conn. 

Lucy, b. June 10, 1785. 

Calvin, b. Aug. 10, 1787. 

Samuel, b. Mar. 3, 1792. 

Sally, b. Feb. 21, 1800. 

Infant, b. Sept. 5, 1803. 

Warren, b. Dec. 5, 1805; m. Diana R. Johnson. 

564. Cornelius Whitney (Joshua, Cornelius, Joshua, John), b. Killingly, 
Conn., in 1761; m. Sarah Cody, b. in 1759; d. June 18, 1836. 

He was born about 1761 and resided at Killingly, Conn. In 1792 he moved to 
Granville, N. Y., and in 1825 to Walworth, where he died in his 70th year. Most of 
his life he was an innkeeper, but during his late years he was a farmer. He d. Dec. 
4, 1831, Killingly, Conn., and res. Walworth, Ontario Co., N. Y. 

1466. i. Matilda, b. June 17, 1786; m. Manuel Doane; res. Granville, 

N. Y. 
Benj. C, b. Apr. 14, 1788; m. Betsey Marchant. 
Cornelius, b. Apr. 30, 1790. 

Laura, b. Mar. 20, 1797; m. Asa Parker; res. So. Granville, N. Y. 
Lorex, b. Apr. 12, 1799; m. Electa Houck, b. June 23, 1801. He 
d. s. p. Feb. 15, 1858; res. Ontario, N. Y. She d. Aug. 15, 1861. 
Sidney, b. Oct. 21, 1801; m. Caroline Palmer. 
Erastus, b. Apr. 21, 1793; d. in Granville, N. Y. 
Harvey, b. Oct. 18, 1794; d. in Granville, N. Y. 

565.' Joseph Whitney (Joshua, Cornelius, Joshua, John), b. Killinglv, Conn., in 
1753; m. there Anna Eames, b. in 1760; d. in Ontario, N. Y., Oct. 29, 1^38. 

Joseph Whitney, son of Joshua Whitney, born Oct. 24, 1753, was a soldier in the 
war of the Revolution, married Anna Eames, the daughter of Mark Eames, of 
Killingly, Conn., about 1784, moved to Granville, Washington Co., N. Y., soon after, 
followed the occupation of farming, rearing a large family, and in 1827 moved with 
his son William to Ontario, Wayne Co., N. Y., with whom he lived until his death, 
Jan. 24, 1837, which event was hastened by an injury caused by a colt running 
against him while driving a number of them to water. In religion a Baptist, as 
were nearly all his descendants. He d. Jan. 24, 1837; res. Granville and Ontario, 
N. Y. 

Paul, b. . 

Eda, b. . 

Anne, b. . 

Joseph, b. . 

Lydia, b. 
































William, b. Dec. 7, 1798; m. Deborah M. Duel. 

Matilda, b. ; m. Ezra Dewell; res. Ontario Centre, N. Y. 

Betsey, b. Dec. 7, 1798. 
Reba, b. . 

566. Matthias Whitney (Joshua, Cornelius, Joshua, John), b. Hancock, Mass., 

Apr. 19, 1757; m. abt. 1782-3, Dorcas ; b. 1762; d. Apr. 12, 1793: m. 2d in 1793, 

Olive ; b. July 12, 1761. Res. Hancock, Mass., Granville and Fort Ann, N. Y. 

' "" ■ Willard, b. Jan. 25, 1784. 

Sylvester, b. Aug. 15, 1785; m. Laura Yale. 

Sarah, b. June 24. 1787. 

Mary, b Oct. 24, 1788; m. Hosmer; res. Clifton, N. Y. 

Lucy, b. Feb. 25, 1791. 

John, b. Mar. 7, 1793; m. Christina Stafford. 

Matthias, b. Oct. 3. 1794; m. Rebecca B. Otis. 

Silas, b. Apr. 5, 1798. • 

Laura, b. Apr. 24, 1803. 

Susan, b. Oct. 23, 1810. 


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668. RuFUS Whitney (Joshua, Cornelius, Joshua, John), b. — ; m. Sarah 

Graves. He d. in Dec, 1800; res. Granville, N. Y. 

1490. i. Wm. Graves, b. Sept. 16, 1800; m. Lydia Marchant. 

569. Joshua Whitney (Joshua, Cornelius, Joshua, John), b. Providence, R. I., 
in 1769; m. in 1786, Phebe Parker. He d. Aug. 22, 1810; res. Granville, Fleming, and 
Aurelius, N. Y. 

1491. i. Chauncey P., b. Feb. 11, 1789; m. Sally Edson. 

1492. ii. Joshua, b. ; m. and had a son Leonard. 

1493. iii. WiLLARD W., b. Mar. 10, 1810; m. Laura Wheeler Pearsall. 

583. Lieut. Joshua Whitney (Joshua, David, Joshua, John), b. Canaan, Conn., 
Jan. 16, 1746; m. in Salisbury, Conn., Jan. 9, 1770, Anna Ashley, dau. of John, justice 
of the peace, b. Feb. 20, 1748; d. Feb. 28. 1822, 

He was born in Canaan, Conn. According to the probate records he chose 
Col. David Whitney, of C, his guardian Feb. 17, 1769. He was then called son of 
Joshua, formerly of Preston, deceased. He was living in Salisbury, Conn., in 1770, 
and moved to Pittsfield, Mass., in 1793. He engaged in farming and later in the 
manufacture of iron, which was largely made into anchors for ships, also in mer- 
cantile business. His eldest son and Asa were associated with him. He was acci- 
dentally killed. Record of service of a Joshua Whitney in Revolutionarv war, viz: 
" Private in the 3d Conn. Regt. from May 19 to Nov. 13, 1775. Enlisted March 16, 
1776, in Capt. Joel Dickinson's Co., in Col. Samuel Elmore's Continental Regiment of 
Connecticut for 1 year. Was promoted Sergt. Enlisted in 8th regiment, ' Connecti- 
cut line,' in early part of 1777. Appointed Sergt. April, 1777; Ensign Dec. 30, 1777; 
Lieut. Aug. 21, 1780. Served in Third Regiment, 'Conn. Line,' after reformation of 
troops from Jan. to June, 1783, and 'Retired with regiment June, 1783.'" He d. 
Aug. 3, 1808; res. Salisbury and Canaan, Conn., and Pittsfield, Mass. 

1494. i. Asa, b. Feb. 23, 1784; m. Betsey Childs. 

1496. ii. Noah Ashley, b. Dec. 26, 1770; m. Olive Darwin and Mrs. Eliza- 
beth Rose. 

1496. iii. Anna, b. July 6, 1774; m. Apr. 16, 1793, Samuel Hyde. He was b. 

Sept. 13, 1768; d. Jan. 5, 1813. She d. Feb. 12, 1861. Ch.: Mary 
Ann, b. Jan. 26, 1794; m. Jan. 11, 1819, John Schenck. She d. 
Aug. 27, 1832, leaving Mrs. W. A. Ball, res. Abelman, Wis., Horace 
P., res. Algona, Iowa; Mrs. H. A. Kellogg, res. Abelman. Wis.; 
Lyman, b. Apr. 19, 1796; d. Jan., 1867; Hiram, b. Nov. 12, 1798; 
d. May 24, 1828; Porter, b. Apr. 9, 1801; d. Jan. 30, 1868. 

1497. iv. Joshua, b. Jan. 6, 1777; m. Eunice Clark. 

1498. V. Huldah, b. Sept. 8,1779; m. Williams Williams Colt; b. near 

Pittsfield, Mass., Mar. 6, 1775, son of James Dennison Colt and 
Mariam Williams. She d. Pittsford, Monroe Co. N. Y., Jan. 28, 
1858. He d. same place, Nov., 1847. Was a farmer. Removed 
to western N. Y., 1817. Both of his legs were broken by acci- 
dent while a young man, and he ever after walked with a cane. 
Ch.: All b. Pittsfield, Mass., except the last one. 1, Juliann, 
July 20, 1800, d. Oct. 17, 1803; 2, Harris Porter, Apr. 25, 1803, d. 
Westfield, N. Y., Apr. 3, 1863. He m. 1st, Almina Kellogg, b. 
Apr. 20, 1812, and d. Apr. 11, 1832; m. 2d, Orilla L. Baldridge, 
Nov. 7, 1833, b. Sept. 3, 1810, and d. Westfield, N. Y., Jan. 19, 

1873. Ch. by 1st wife: William J., Jan. 16, 1820; res. ; 

Clarissa, June 7, 1828; res. ; Almina, Oct. 6, 1832, d. at 

age of 3 mos. Ch. by 2d wife: Theodore, Sept. b, 1834, d. Dec. 
7, 1864; Miriam O., Feb. 7, 1836; res. Westfield, N. Y.; Sidney W., 
Sept. 11, 1838, d. Nov. 18, 1862; Ashley W., Aug. 23, 1840, d. Jan. 
19, 1878; De Azro B.. Oct. 25, 1846; res. Westfield, N. Y.; Miriam 
0.,m.DennisSmith, Nov.20, 1867. He d. Dec. 3, 1886. She is yet 
a widow, and res. Westfield; 3, Juliette T.. June 30. 1805, d. June 
19, 1836; 4, Lucy Whitney, Aug. 18, 1807, d. Feb. 12, 1870; 6, 
Mary A., Sept. 3, 1810, d. July 18, 1822; 6, Ashley Whitney, 
Sept. 9, 1812, d. 1876; res. Naperville and Lockport, 111.; a son- 
in-law is James C. Rogers, Board of Trade, Chicago, 111.; 7, 
Sarah C, June 16, 1818, d. July 11, 1839. 3, Lucy Whitney Colt 
m. Benjamin Bishop Cone, son of Noah Cone, Jr., and Rachel 
Bishop. He was b. in Litchfield Co., Conn., Jan. 19, 1797, and 


d. in Pittsford, Monroe Co., N.Y., July 28, 1843. He was a farm- 
er, stockraiser and dealer. He purchased his cattle in St. 
Louis, and drove them through io western New York, many 
hundred miles. He commenced this business as earlv as 1^37. 
Ch.: Mary Ann, b. Penfield, Monroe Co., N. Y., Oct.' 12, 1834, 
unm., res. West Henrietta, N. Y.; William Whitney, b. Perinton, 
Monroe Co., Dec. 18, 1836, res. 1405 Polk St., Topeka, Kan.; 
Sarah Colt, b. Pittsford, Monroe Co., Apr. 16, 1839, d. East Leb- 
anon, N. Y. 

1499. vi. Wealthy, b. Jan. 6, 1788; m. Feb. 27, 1806, Levi Goodrich. He 

was b. Dec. 9, 1785; d. Aug. 8, 1868; she d. July 24, 1858. Ch.: 
Horace, b. Apr. 29, 1807; d. Nov. 18, 1807; Mary W., b. Dec. 5, 
1808; m. Sept. 15, 1837, Francis Hinsdale, and d. Jan. 22, 1841; 
Noah W., b. May 17, 1811; m. Sept. 26, 1832, Abby P. Goodrich; 
he d. Jan. 9, 1875; Horace P., b. Mar. 16, 1813; m. Oct. 3, 1843, 
Mary E. Mills; res. Cortland, N. Y.; Milton, b. July 1, 1815; m. 
Nov. 29, 1840, Caroline O. Barnes; he d. Sept. 4, 1851; Har- 
riett E., b. Aug. 16, 1817; m. Apr. 20, 1837, Geo. A. Foxcroft; she 
d. Apr. 20, 1894; a daughter res. Pittsfield, Mass.; Wealthy A., 
b. Mar. 17, 1820; m. Sept. 10, 1846, Edwin Saunders; she d. June 
20, 1887; he res. Pittsfield, Mass.; Caroline W., b. Dec. 18, 1822; 
m. May 13, 1846, Dr. Charles Bailey; res. Pittsfield, Mass ; Lucy 
P., b. Aug. 23, 1825; m. May 1, 1845, Thaddeus Clapp; res. Pitts- 
field; Abby Maria, b. Apr. 24, 1828; d. May 8, 1841. 

1500. vii. Porter, b. Nov. 8, 1781; d. June 18. 1801. 

1501. viii. Charlotte, b. Apr. 7, 1792; d. Aug. 22, 1865. 

1502. ix. William, b. May 21, 1786; d. July 12, 1787. 

584. Asa Whitney (Joshua, David, Joshua, John), b. in 1743; m. Aug. 5, 1762, 

Sarah ; m. 2d, in Salisbury, Conn., Oct. 23, 1776, Hepsibath Watrous, b. 1745; d. 

May 21, 1815. 

He was born in Preston, Conn., in 1743; resided there and afterwards at Salis- 
bury, where he married his second wife. About 1786 he moved to Pittsfield, Mass., 
where he afterwards lived and died. He sold land at Mt. Washington, Mass., May 
24, 1792. He d. Aug. 10, 1803; res. Salisbury and Preston, Conn., and Pittsfield, Mass. 

1503. i. Annah, b. Mar. 4. 1764; d Jan. 29, 1766. 

1504. ii. SARAH.b. Feb. 1,1766; m. Feb. 27, 1786, Elijah Williams Cobb; res. 

Berkshire, N. Y. He was b. Sept. 24, 1766; res. Canaan, Conn., 
until 1802. They rem. to Lennox, Mass., and later to Berkshire, 
N. Y., where he died in May, 1816, ae. 51, and she June 13, 1825, 
ae. 54. They are both interred in the same cemetery with John 
Brown, and near his grave. 

Joshua, b. Mar. 20, 1768; d. Jan, 3. 1773. 

Lucv, b. May 18, 1770; d. Dec. 18, 1797. 

Shubael, b. Aug. 15, 1772; m. Sarah Mitchell. 

Geo. Washington, b. Sept. 1, 1777; d. Dec. 12, 1777. 

Appleton D.,b. Jan. 4, 1779; m. Esther Jewett and Dolly Wyman. 

Mary, b. Nov. 6, 1780; d. same day. 

Sarah, b. Nov. 6, 1780; d. same day. 

James Watrous, b. Jan. 19, 1782. James W. Whitney was a 
noted character in the early days of Pike county. 111. He was 
more generally known as " Lord Coke," on account of his knowl- 
edge of the law. He was a teacher of the second school at 
Atlas, but having no family or permanent home he was often 
about the county and at Springfield. He was the first circuit 
and county clerk and held many local offices, was a native of 
Massachusetts, a man of considerable education and had a 
knowledge of Latin. He went to Illinois before it was a state and 
resided near Edwardsville. It is said there was a hidden sorrow 
in his early life which was a delicate matter to touch upon. 
He wrote a very peculiar hand. At first sight he would be 
taken for a well-preserved preacher or schoolmaster of the days 
of the earlier Adamses. His dress was plain and even homely, 
his hair was sparse and all combed to the back of his head 
and often tied with a buckskin string or black shoestring as 


















a cue. He was always welcomed by the lonely pioneers. He 
was also known as the " Speaker of the Lobby," as he was the 
leaier of that branch of the Legislature for many years. The 
citizens, judges and legislators at Vandalia were all agog to 
witness the convening of the Lobby. It was a great event. A 
throng would assemble and, after some ceremony, " Lord Coke " 
would mount the stand and call the house to order. He 
would deliver his annual message which would be received 
with cheers and laughter. Many hits and jokes would be em- 
bodied in the message. Sometimes the satire was very broad. 
He presided over the Lobby with magisterial sway. Many of 
the reports from committees would be submitted which would 
be in accord with their burlesque titles. These reports were 
often written by Lord Coke himself, and there was a broad 
personality in them, rather Hudibrastic. He died Dec. 13, 1860. 
[History Pike Co., 111.] 

1513. xi. Milton, b. Apr. 7, 1786; m. Lydia Cleveland. 

585. JosiAH Whitney (Joshua, David, Joshua, John), b. ; m, 

; m. 2d, at Addison, Vt., Dec. 6, 1818, Susanna Hinds; res. Addison, Vt., and 

Chautauqua Co., N. Y. 

1514. i. Polly, b. ; m. Colburn. 

i. Amy, b. ; unm. 

ii. Nancy, b. ; m. Ferguson. 

V. HuLDAH, b. ; m. Alanson Smith of Addison. 

1518. V. Joshua, b 

586. Gen. David Whitney (Joshua, David, Joshua, John), b. Conn, in 1755; m. 
m. 2d, ; m. 3d at Addison, Vt., Mar. 3, 1818, Eliza Wil- 

son, b. in 1802, d. at Bridport, Vt., Sept. 3, 1884. 

Gen. David Whitney came into Addison soon after the close of the Revolution, 
and settled on the farm previously owned by Kellogg. He afterward removed to 
the farm on the north bank of Ward's Creek, where he lived until a few years pre- 
vious to his death, when he moved to Bridport, where he died May 10, 1850, at the 
age of 93. He was a member of the Constitutional Conventions of 1793, 1814, 1836, 
and 1843; represented Addison in 1790, 1792, 1793, 1797, 1798, 1808 to 1815, and 1824. 
He was a shrewd politician and always one of the leading men in the town; possessed 
considerable conversational powers, spiced with a quiet vein of humor. I recollect 
his account of having the lake fever soon after he came into town, and as it illus- 
trates the practice of the day, I give it: It was whilst he lived on the Kellogg farm. 
He was taken very sick — pulse bounding, eyes bloodshot and starting from their 
sockets, the blood coursing through his veins like liquid fire. The doctor was sent 
for; on arriving, ordered every window and door closed, although it was in the 
hottest of dog days — cold water forbidden, warm drinks ordered. Thus days and 
nights of intolerable suffering went by, and when he begged for just one drop of 
water it was denied. One night two neighbors, weary and tired from the harvest 
field, came in to watch through the night. One of them soon dropped off to sleep; 
the other, more enduring, still kept watch. At midnight, after giving the general 
his medicine, he brought in a pail of water, fresh from the well. How quick the 
sick man would have given the wealth of the Indies for one draught of that spark- 
ling water. Could he not by stratagem secure it? He feigned sleep, and the tired 
man, fixing himself as comfortably as possible, was soon in a sound sleep. Whitney 
now crawled from the bed on his hands and knees, and made his way to the pail. 
With what eagerness he clutched the cup and drained it, draught after draught. He 
then wished he could breathe a little fresh air, it was so stifling where he was. The 
man still slept; be opened the door. How still and quiet everything lay in the 
moonlight. The dew on the grass sparkling like diamonds — the chirp of the cricket 
alone broke the silence. How delicious was the night wind, as it fanned his fevered 
cheek and burning brow. The idea of escape from his prison, as he regarded it, 
presented itself, and instantly he started, crossing the road and through a thicket 
hedge that grew beside the fence, into a meadow, and plunging down amid the tall 
wet grass, he clapped his hands for joy, as he rolled from side to side. But now the 
fever is upon him; the fire is quenched and his strength is gone. He cannot rise. 
The watchers have missed him. They shout his name. He tries to answer but is 
too weak. They find and carry him to the house, and in alarm run for the doctor. 
He does not get there until morning. A quiet, refreshing sleep has removed all 


symptoms of fever. The doctor would give him pill and potion, but the General 
would none of it, and told him that he had a new doctor, old Dame Nature, who 
seemed to understand the case altogether the best, and he should trust to her. 
Returning health showed his judgment in choosing. Ague and fever, and bilious 
intermittent prevailed extremely in the early settlement of the town, but for quite a 
number of years little or none has been known. General Whitney lived to be 98. 
[From the Vermont Historical Gazetteer.] 

His right arm was amputated after he was 80 years of age, and he then learned 
to write with his left hand. 

The following is all the information I have been able to find in regard to Gen. 
David Whitney in the adjutant-general's office at Vermont: He served as a private 
four days in Capt. Abraham Salisbury's company in 1780, and also twelve days in 1781 
under the same command. Was a member of the General Assembly in Oct. 1790, 
and Oct. 18, 1793, Col. David Whitney was elected brigadier-general of the 6th 
brigade. Was a member of the General Assembly in Oct., 1797, 1798, 1809, and 1812. 
It does not appear that he was ever adjutant-general. These facts came from a 
Vermont history called " Governor and Council." Gen. W'hitney served in the Revo- 
lutionary war, in the early part in the Connecticut line, and more than I have found 
on the rolls, but the Vermont records are very imperfect and unsatisfactory in 
every way. He was pensioned March 4, 1831. 

N. S. Bennett, town clerk at Bridport, sends the following of Gen. Whitney: Gen. 
David Whitney, who died in this town May 10, A. D. 1850, aged 93 years, was for- 
merly a resident of Addison, an adjoining town to this. He bought a small place in 
this town in 1839, where he lived awhile, and subsequently sold that and purchased 
another in the village, where he lived and died, leaving a widow, who was his third 
wife, but he never had any children of his own by either wife. His last wife was 
a Miss Eliza Wilson of this town whom he married when he was at the age of 60 
years and she was 16 years old. She died in this town age 82 years. He d., s. p., 
May 10, 1850; res. Addison and Bridport, Vt. 

601. Samuel Whitney (Solomon, David, Joshua, John), b. Canaan, Conn., 
June 6, 1759; m. . 

Samuel Whitney was born in Canaan, Conn., and after the death of his father 
moved to Vermont, where he died quite suddenly of apoplexy. His wife died of 
consumption. He d. in 1814; res. Chittenden Co., Vt. 

1519. i. David, b. Mar. 4, 1796; m. Margaret Karr. 

602. Tarball Whitney (Solomon, David, Joshua, John), b. Canaan, Conn., 
June 30, 1763; m. in Huntington, Pa., Dec. 15, 1785, Mrs. Lois Lawrence, widow of 
James Hopkins, b. June "7, 1757, d. Aug. 30, 1840. 

Tarball Whitney was born in Canaan, Conn. Soon after the death 
of his father he moved to Poultney, Vt., and was residing there in 1781, 
for his name is found on the tax list. Later he moved to Huntington, Pa., 
and still later to Almond, N. Y., where he died. His wife was the widow of 
James Hopkins, who was killed by the Indians at the battle of Wyoming. 
She left the valley on foot, carrying her child with her in her arms, though soon to 
give birth to another. There is a tradition in the family that he was named after an 
Indian chief. This is probably erroneous, the name Tarball comes from an old 
family in Groton, Mass., where Tarball's ancestor resided. He d. Aug, 17, 1850, 
res. Almond, N. Y.; Poultney, Vt., in 1781. 

RuFUS, b. Dec. IB, 1796; m. Laura Maria Picket. 

William, b. Apr. 23, 1802; m. Louisa Allen. 

Ami, b. July 28, 1793; m. Rachel Osgood. 

Sarah, b. Aug. 28, 1787; m. 1808 Joseph Karr; res. Almond, N. Y. 
She d. Feb. 4, 1833; son Joseph, res. Almond. 

Solomon, b. Apr. 29, 1790; m. Sarah A. Haskins. 

Tarball, b. Mar. 14, 1800; d. Sept. 6, 1803. 

603. Solomon Whitney (Solomon, David, Joshua, John), b. Canaan, Conn., 
Nov. 15, 1766; m. at Poultney, Vt., Polly Marshall, b. Aug. 17, 1767; d. Feb. 23, 1837, 
at Poultney. 

He was born at Canaan, Conn., and soon after reaching his majority moved to 
Poultney, Vt. There he married, purchased land and conducted a large farm until 
his death in 1854, He d. Sept. 1854; res. Poultney, Vt. 

1526. i. John. b. Sept. 1, 1791; m. Sally Hollenbeck. 














1527. ii. Sally, b. Feb. 23, 1787; m. in Poultney, Oliver Lawrence Angevine, 

He was b. 1779; d. Poultney, Vt., Sept. 26, 1870, ae. 91, was a 
farmer. Ch.: Solomon; Mary; Harriett, m. James Howe, res. 
Martinsburg, Mo.; Hiel; Charity, m. Nathaniel Mitchell, res. 
Fairhaven, V^t.; James; Mary; Ann; Parcellus, res. Omro, Wis.; 
John; Harvey; Sarah, m. Henry Farmer, res. Fairhaven. 

1528. iii. Solomon, b. June 4, 1793; m. Nancy Hurlbut. 

1529. iv. Lucy, b. Nov. 11, 1786; m. Harvey Finel; res. Poultney, Vt. 

1530. v. Polly, b. May 22, 1796; m. in Poultney, Caleb Butler. Soon after 

their marriage they moved to Waukegan, 111., where they 

1531. vi. Chester, b. May 22, 1798; m. Ruth Crane. He d. Aug. 6, 1845, 

in Poultney, Vt. 

1532. vii. Lydia, b. Apr. 8, 1800; m. Harvey Malary. 

1533. viii. Ruth, b. Sept. 22, 1804; m. in Poultney, Vt., A. B. Church; res. 

Rochester, N. Y., and Hamburg, S. C. 

1534. ix. ICHABOD, b. May 7, 1789; d. unm. 1807. 

1535. X. Eliza, b. Mar. 4, 1807. 

604. Samuel Whitney (Samuel, John, Benjamin, John), b. Brunswick, Me.^ 
Sept. 15, 1732; m. Mary . 

He was born in Brunswick, Me., and during the French and Indian war in 
1754 was taken prisoner to Quebec. He was sold for a certain sum and released in 
1761, after the war was over. There is a petition in the statehouse at Boston which 
he sent to the Great and General Court, praying for ransom. In the records of the 
First Baptist Church at New Meadows there is this entry: 

"Samuel Whitney, deacon, dismissed to a church to be gathered at St. John's 
River, eastward." 

Mary Whitney, wife of Deacon S. W., dismissed to St. John's River, October, 
1765. It would be interesting to know if the town of Whitneyville resulted from this 
dismissal; res. , Me. 

1536. i. Ebenezer, b. ; m. . 

1537. ii. Joel, b. . He was a soldier in the war of 1812, and d. unm. 

at Plattsburg, N. Y., in the service in 1812 of fever. 

1538. iii. Thomas G.,b. ; m. , and Mrs. Thornton. 

605. Jonathan Whitney' (Samuel, John, Benjamin, John), b. York, Me., Dec. 
21, 17:34; m. at Bath, Me., Mary Austin. 

He was born in the old town of York, Me., but moved to Brunswick with his 
parents at an early age. He settled in Bath, Me., and died there in his eighty-fourth 
year. He was captured by the Indians at New Meadows in Bath when but seventeen 
years of age. He was also a soldier in the Revolutionary war. He d. Nov. 1816; res. 
Bath, Me. 

1539. Amos, b. Apr. 18, 1766; m. Abigail Springer. 

604a. Abraham Whitney (Benjamin, John, Benjamin, John), b. 1752; m. in 
Lisbon, Aphia Coombs, b. ; d. . He was a farmer; was in the Revolution- 
ary war and received a pension. He d. ; res. Lisbon, Me. 

Abram, b. ; m. Ann Conant. 

Peter, b. ; m. Hinckley. 

Benjamin, b. Nov. 29, 1776; m. Bethiah Woodward. 

Thomas, b. ; m. Susan Cowing. 

Sarah, b. Feb. 22, 1792; m. Jan. 1, 1812, William Woodward; res. 
Lisbon. She d. Feb. 20, 1845; he m. 2d Oct. 19, 1845, Betsey 
Clough. He d. in Lewiston, Jan. 28, 1880. Ch. : Moses, b. Oct. 22,. 
1812; Nathan Coombs, b. Aug. 17, 1814; Abram Whitney, b. 
Feb. 4, 1817; Harriett Whittemore, b. Mar. 1,1819; Jane S., b. 
Dec. 2, 1820; Marcia Ann, b. May 6, 1824; Wm. Gardner F.„ 
b. Apr. 24, 1836; Susan Elizabeth, b. May 22, 1837. 

1545. vi. Mercy, b. ; m. John Godfrey. 

1546. vii. Joseph Stockbridge, b. ; m. Betsey Philbrook. 

1547. viii. Isaac, b. ; drowned, ae. 20. 

1548. ix. Aphia, b. ; d. ae. 18. 

1549. x. MEHiTABLE,b. ; m, Jesse Allen. 

606a. Jacob Whitney (Benjamin, John Benjamin, John), said to have been 
in Conn, and his father was Jacob; b. Lisbon, Me., June 11, 1763; m. July 11,1787^ 
























VI 1. 


Hannah Mills; b. July 17, 1760; d. . He was in the Revolutionary war. He 

d. May, 1846; res. Phillips, Me. 

1550. vi. Samuel L., b. Aug. 3, 1799; m. Belinda S. Howard. 

James M., b. Oct. 9, 1790; m. , Hinckley. 

Christopher A., b. Apr. 3, 1793; m. Adeline Howard. 

JosiAH S., b. Aug. 1, 1807; res. in Chippewa Falls, Wis., in 1875. 

Mary M., b. June 27, 1788. 

Patience, b. Feb. 26, 1795. 

Joseph, b. Tan. 26, 1797. 

John B., b. Nov. 5, 1801. 

607a. Nathan Whitney (Benjamin, John, Benjamin, John), b. about 1768; m. 
Sarah Godfrey; d. Mar. 21, 1827; m. 2d Fanny Shepard. He was a farmer. He d. 
in Sept., 1849; res. Lisbon and Gardiner, Me. 

1558. i. Abiezer H., b. Mar. 29, 1794; m. Elizabeth White and Mrs. Susan 


1559. ii. Rebecca S., b. 1801; m. at Lisbon, Robert Gould; b. Pitson, Me., 

1796; d. at Gardiner in 1835. He was a merchant and ship 
owner. Ch.: Geo. A., lost at sea in 1843 in the brig " Netarnis' ; 
Henry G., res. 34 Coney St., New Orleans, La.; F. Delia; 
Edward G., d. aged three years; Sarah E., d. in Tryon, N. C, in 
1892; her dau. is Mrs. F. A. Bowman, at Tryon, N. C.; Robert. 

1560. iii. Bathsheba, b. 1800; m. Hamlin; d. s. p. 

1561. iv. John G., b. Mar. 3, 1798; m. Mary Allen. 

1562. V. Otis, b. ; m. twice. 

1563. vi. Elias S., b. 1809; m. Sarah Godfrey. 

1564. vii. Thankful, b. ; m. Kimball. 

1565. viii. Hannah, b. ; m. Folsom. 

1566. ix. Calvin, b. ; m. twice. 

1567. X. Selinda, b. ; m. Bragdon. 

1568. xi. Nathan, b. . 

1569. xii. Sarah, b. . 

1570. xiii. RuEL, b. . 

610. Samuel Whitney (Benjamin, John, Benjamin, John), b. 1774; m. Lydia 
Curit; res. , Me. 

1571. i. Eliza, b. . 

1572. ii. Jacob, b. Oct. 14, 1804; m. . 

1573. lii. John, b. 

1574. iv. Isabel, b. — . 

1575. V. Mercy, b. . 

1576. vi. Lydia, b. . 

1577. vii. Samuel, b. . 

616. Capt. Moses Whitney (Nathaniel, Nathaniel. Benjamin, John), b. Gor- 

ham. Me., 1739; m. Mollv Page, b. England; d. ; m. 2d. Abigail ; d. Oct. 

8, 1844. 

He was a man of remarkable physical strength and courage. He was a sturdy, 
unyielding, self-reliant character, but with much kindness of heart. He moved to 
Harrison, Me., from Gorham, in 1815. He was captain in the French and Indian 
war, and also served in the Revolutionary war. Ridlon, in his History of Harrison, 
says: "The Whitney family is remarkable for its firmness and force of character of 
its members. Indeed they are a people of singular stability and persistency of pur- 
pose. They have been possessed of strong physical organizations, and frequently 
lived to be very old. Public spirited and progressive they have been foremost in 
defending the rights of their countrymen, and in all matters designed for the eleva- 
tion and well-being of society." He d. Apr. 12, 1820; res. Harrison, Me. 

1578. i." Enoch, b. in 1769; m. Eunice Newcomb, Mrs. Kendall and Mrs.. 


Moses, b. ; d. young. 

Richard, b. ; m. . 

Samuel, b. in 1780; m. Margaret Darrow. 

Molly, b. ; m. Lemuel Rounds, and rev. to Ohio. 

Betsey, b. ; m. Jonas Gates, and rev, to New York state.. 

Lucy, b. ; m. John Greenlaw, of Brownfield. 














1585. viii. Susanna, b. ; m. Jan. 22, 1809, Dea. Seth Carsley; res. H. 

He was b. Gorham, July 18, 1782, but res. in Harrison, where he 
purchased land of Thomas Perley, of Boxford, Mass. He built 
the first house in Bridgeton, was one of the original members of 
the F. W. Baptist church, was early chosen a deacon and held 
the office during life; was a man of honor and integrity and 
esteemed for his sincere piety. At his death. Mar. 27, 1874, he 
was the oldest man in the town. His wife d. Dec. 16, 1873. Ch.: 
Maria, b. Feb. 2, 1810; d. unm. July 29, 1839; Susanna, b. Dec. 
11, 1811; m. Stephen Blake; Edward P., b. Mar, 25, 1815; unm.; 
res. Otisfield; Nathan, b. Apr. 20, 1817; m. his cousin, Elizabeth 
Whitney; res. Harrison; John, b. July 16, 1820; m. Adaline 
Blake; Mary A., b. Feb. 21, 1823; m. Stephen Blake; Richard P., 
b. Apr. 13, 1826; m. Caroline M. Hayes; res. Newton, Mass. 

1586. ix. Sally, b. ; m. Rev. Joseph Phinney, of H. He was 

born in Gorham, married and settled in Harrison. He 
preached for several years; was very unlike his brother — eccen- 
tric, rough, and loud spoken, who was gentle and a great singer. 
He became somewhat deranged in latter years, and died about 
1870. Ch.: Esther, b. July 16, 1813; m. Jacob Kilbourn, of 
Waterford, Me.; Jane B., Dec. 9, 1816; m. Amos Libby; she d. 
Nov. 10, 1872; Nancy G., b. Mar. 24, 1819; m. Oliver P. Haskell, 
of Windham; Sarah H., b. Oct. 16, 1821; d. unm.; Andrew R., 
b. Tune 22, 1824; d. unm. 1848. 

618. JosiAH Whitney (Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Benjamin, John), b. Cape Cod, m. 
Cape Cod, Hannah Bastow, b. Cambridge, Mass., 1732; d. 1807, at Cape Breton. He 
d. Queens Co., Salmon River, N. B., 1810; res. Gasby, Ca., and Salmon River, N. B. 

1587. i. JosiAH, b. ; m. Elizabeth Harding. 

1588. ii. Seth, b. . 

1589. iii. John, b. 1781; m. . 

1590. iv. NoALS, b. . 

1591. V. Eliab T., b. Dec. 17, 1789; m. Lydia Butterworth and Lydia 


1592. vi. Hannah, b. . 

1593. vii. Margaret, b. . 

1594. viii. Sally', b. . 

1595. ix. Martha, b. 

620. Asa Whitney' (Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Benjamin, John), b. Gorham, Me., 

Dec, 1754; m. 1st Flora; b. ; d. ; m. 2d, at Cape Cod, Mass., 1782, Phebe 

Hopkins, dau. of the signer of the Dec. of Independence Stephen Hopkins. He d. 
Dec. 17, 1806; res. Gorham, Me. 

George W.. b. June 14, 1792; m. Mary Whitney. 
Samuel, b. Aug. 29, 1777; m. Hannah Snow, Mary Rich, and Mrs. 
Mary (Piper) Ring. 

John, b. ; m. Rich. 

Benjamin, b. ; res. Kingston, Canada. 





















Annie, b. 

Erie, b. . 

Mary, b. . 

Hannah, b. ; m. 

Eunice, b. . 

Roxanna, b. . 

621. Abel Whitney (Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Benjamin, John), b. Gorham, Me.; 

m. Thankful Morton. He. d. ; res. Standish, Me. 

1606. i. Nathaniel, b. ; m. . 

626. Joel Whitney (Abel, Nathaniel, Benjamin, John), b. at York, Me., May 
21, 1743; m. at Falmouth, Me., Mary Weston. 

He was born in the old town of York, Me., married at Falmouth, now Portland, 
and about 1767 moved to Chandler's River, now the town of Jonesboro, Me., where 
he afterward resided and where he died. It is said they had two daughters and 
eight sons and that their descendants are scattered from the Atlantic to the Pacific. 
He was always a farmer. He d. 1789; res. Falmouth and Chandler's River, Me. 


1607. i. Mary, b. . 

1608. ii. Ephraim, b. Nov., 7, 1770; m. Sarah Noyes. 

1609. vii. Paul, b. Jan. 10, 1785; m. Catherine Barker. 

1610. ix. Porter, b. . 

629. Zebulon Whitney (Abel, Nathaniel, Benjamin, John), b. in York, Nov. 27, 
1747; m. Joanna Stone. He served in the Revolutionary war in the Massa- 
chusetts state troops, and Apr. 4, 1835, was granted a pension while living in Cumber- 
land Co., Me.; res. Gorham, Me. 

1611. i. Abigail, b. 1775. 

1612. ii. Happy, b. 

1613. iii. Mattie, b. 

1614. iv. RuFUS, b. 

1615. V. Eli, b. Aug. 16, 1786. 

1616. vi. Eunice, b. . 

1617. vii. Hannah, b. . 

1618. viii. Tabitha, b. ; m. . 

1619. ix. Almira, b. 1798. 

632. MiCHA Whitney (Abel, Nathaniel, Benjamin, John), b. at Gorham, Me., 
Dec. 11, 1752; m. Hannah Cobb; d. 1834. He was a blacksmith and during the Revo- 
lutionary war was a soldier in. the company from New Vineyard, Me.; was also 
sergt. in the war of 1812; was granted a pension in 1818. He d. June 19, 1829; res. 
Gorham and Phillips, Me. 

1620. i. Joel, b. May 7, 1787; m. Sally Dyer, Sarah Compton, and Betsey 


Sally, b. ^ — ; m. James Humphrey. 

Ebenezer, b. ■ — ; m. Dorcas Parlin; res. Freeman, Me. 

Joanna, b. ; m. Caleb Sylvester. 

Andrew, b. May 5, 1795; m. June, 1816, Huldah Sweetser; res. 

Phillips, Me. 

Lydia, b. , 

Charlotte, b. 























Wm. p., b. May 3, 1783; m. Nancy I. Carlton. 

Mary, b. — ^ ; m. Reubin Smith. 

Happy, b. ; m. Samuel W. Phoenix, of Phillips, Me. 

Benjamin, b. 1806; m. Susan Wells. 
Nahum, b. . 

633. Daniel Whitney (Abel, Nathaniel, Benjamin, John), b. Sept. 26, 1754; m. 
Res. Gorham, Me. 

1632. i. Jesse, b. ; m. Mary Sawyer, Charity and . 

637. Isaac Whitney (Isaac, Nathaniel, Benjamin, John), b. York, Me., Dec. 28, 
1748; m. 1771, Mary Crockett, of Gorham, b. 1752; d. July 29, 1832. 

Isaac was born at York, but soon moved to Gorham, where he married his wife. 
In 1775 he purchased a farm in Gorham of his wife's father, on which they settled 
and on which he died. She was the daughter of Samuel Crockett, of Gorham. His 
farm was, in 1874, in the possession of his grandson. He was in the Revolutionary 
war in the Massachusetts line, and Apr. 18, 1818, was granted a pension. In 1833 
he was living in Cumberland Co., Me. He d. Oct. 21, 1837; res. Gorham, Me. 

Sarah, b. 1772. 

Edmund, b. May 4, 1774; m. Martha Meserve. 

Samuel, b. May 4, 1774. 

Joseph, b. Aug. 16, 1776. 

Isaac L., b. May 29, 1781; m. Margaret C. Leach. 

Adam, b. 1784. 

Polly, b. 1786. 

Sophia, b. 1795. 

639. Stephen Whitney (Isaac, Nathaniel, Benjamin, John), b. in Saco, Mar. 19, 
1755; m. Patty Irish, a daughter of the first white child who was born in Gorham. He 
was in the Revolutionary army, serving in the Rhode Island line, and was granted a 

pension, Apr. 18, 1818. He d. ; res. Gorham and Bridgton, Me. 

1641. i. Stephen, b. May 5, 1799; m Mayberry. 



































642. Barnabas Whitney (Isaac, Nathaniel, Benjamin, John), b. at Gorham, 
Me., Aug. 18, 1766; m. at Goldsboro, Jan. 1, 1789, Sarah Walker. He settled in 
Pownal; in 1808 he moved to Freeman, where he died. He d. Oct. 19, 1833; res. 
Pownal and Freeman, Me. 

Isaac, b. ; was in war of 1812. 

John, b. ; m. . 

Sewell Pitt, b. Mar. 19, 1798; m. Annie Tuttle. 

Constant Hopkins, b. . 

Marshall H., b. Jan. 15, 1800; m. Lavina Lace. 

James Paine, b. ; res. Laurence, Kan. (75.) 

Rebecca, b. . 

Louisa, b. . 

Polly, b. . 

Sally, b. . 

645. Henry Whitney (Isaac, Nathaniel, Benjamin, John), b. Saco, Me., in 1774; 

m. Abigail Walker; b. ; d. . His father died at his house. He d. 1846; 

res. Freeport and Chesterville, Me. 

1652. i. Henry, b. Feb. 7, 1804; m. Rebecca Fellows. 

1653. ii. , b. ; m. Lainscott; son Joseph A. res. Augusta, 


1654. iii. Geo. W., b. Oct. 8, 1809; m. Violet Haines. 

1655. iv. Hiram, b. 1815; m. Susan P. Lunt. 

1656. v. Ambrose, b. . 

654. Lieut. Jesse Whitney (Jonathan, Jonathan, Benjamin, John), b. Nov. 24,^ 
1730; m. in Mendon, Sept. 22, 1757, Mary Cheney, b. abt. 1736; d. June 25, 1777; m. 
2d, Apr. 19, 1779, Mrs. Ruth (Legg) Wight, b. Feb. 30, 1739; d. Oct. 21, 1785; m. 3d 
(int.) July 5, 1794, Abigail Rawson. 

He inherited part of his father's estate, on which he lived and died. Was lieut. 
in the Revolutionary army, and his civil and social standing was of the best. His will 
is dated Apr. 17, 1810, and it was probated May 23, 1815. Lieut. David Stearnes was 
exec. He d. Apr. 26, 1815; res. Milford, Mass. 

1657. ix. Levi, b. Oct. 21, 1763; d. June, 1788, at Weedsport, N. Y., by fall- 

ing from a tree. 

1658. i. Olive, b. Feb. 9, 1758; m. her cousin, Nathan Whitney (see). 

1659. ii. Susanna, b. July 12, 1759; d. Apr. 6, 1760, in Mendon. 

1660. iii. Rhoda, b. Oct. 8, 1760; m. Dec. 7, 1779, William Hayden, of Hop- 


1661. iv. Hachaliah, b. Apr. 5, 1762; m. Abigail Nelson and Mrs. Olive 

(Madden) Cobb. 

1662. V. Lucy, b. July 17, 1765; m. Apr. 6, 1786, Joseph Chamberlain, of 

Hopkinton. He was born Dec. 27, 1762; d. Aug. 20, 1800. Ch.: 
Whitney, Jesse, George, William, Levi, Joseph, Richard. A 
grandson is Joseph, of Oberlin, O. Another grandson is Wm. H., 
of Raleigh, N. C. 

1663. vi. Ruth, b. July 17, 1765; d. July 31, 1765, in Mendon. 

1664. vii. Asa, b. Sept. 4, 1766; d. Oct. 7, 1768, in Mendon. 

1665. viii. Anna, b. July 13, 1770; m. Nov. 27, 1791, William Abbey, b. 1768, 

in Hopkinton. 

1666. viiij. Betsey, b. Sept. 15, 1788; d. May 31, 1811. 

1667. ix. Hannah, b. Sept. 15, 1788; d. Sept. 11, 1805. 

1668. X. Anna, b. Jan. 13, 1792; m. Dec. 16, 1813, Charles Barnes; m. 2d. 

Jan. 21, 1829, Alex Cheney, d. Nov. 2, 1843. Ch.: Lucy, b. Aug. 9, 
1816; d. Nov. 30, 1837; Laura Ann, b. June 11, 1831 ; d. Mar. 16, 1845; 
Anna, d. Apr. 27, 1854. 

1669. xi. Elias, b. Feb. 4, 1795; d. Jan. 4, 1797. 

656. Capt. Jonathan Whitney (Jonathan, Jonathan, Benjamin, John), b. Mil- 
ford, Mass., July 26, 1737; m. both of Mendon, Nov. 7, 1760, Esther Parkhurst, b. 
June 22, 1741; d. Dec. 6, 1812, in Milo, N. Y. 

Jonathan Whitney was born in Mendon, in that part subsequently Milford, 
Mass., and soon after his marriage in 1761 moved to Conway, where he resided until 
1782. With his son, Joel, he went in 1789 to Ontario Co., N. Y., cut a stock of hay on 
the " Old Castle " farm near Geneva and put in four or five acres of wheat, put up a 


log house 18 feet square and roofed it up with bark, and returned home to Conway 
in the fall. In 1791 with his family he moved to the " Old Castle " farm with ox teams 
and were some seventeen days on the road. 

Jonathan was in the Revolutionary war and was at the siege of Ticonderoga. 
The trees about the fort had been felled to allow the guns to be used. One tree, 
however, remained upright, against which another had fallen in a slanting direction. 
He climbed into the crotch of the upright tree and fired into the fort, a party under 
the tree loading the guns and handing them up to him. It was some time before he 
was discovered and driven away by the garrison. 

His military record is. as follows: 

Revolutionary War Archives. 

Lexington Alarm, 
Vol. 13, p. 21 
Jonathan Whitney, Sarg., Conway, No., miles 216, served 16 days 
Capt. Robert Oliver's Co. in ye Regiment commanded By Samuel Williams, 
Who march for the Relief of the Country April 22d, 1775. 

Robert Oliver Capt. 
Vol. 28, p. 112. 
List of Militia Officers 1776, 
Appointed and Commissioned 
5th Regt., in Hampshire Co. 
Thomas French Capt. May 3, 1776, 7th Co. 
Jona. Whitney 1st Lieut. May 3, 1776, 7th Co. 
Jonathan Whitney Lieut, engaged July 10th, discharge Aug. 12, 1777, in Capt. 
Benj. Phillip's Co., Col. Elisha Porter's Regt., from Hampshire Co. 

Vol. 28, 

Mass. Militia Officers 

Hampshire Co., 

June 19, 1780. Jonathan Whitney Capt. 7th Co. 5th Regt. 

He d. Aug. 22, 1792; res. Milford and Conway, Mass., and Milo, N. Y. 

Nathan, b. Oct. 18, 1761; m. Olive Whitney and Thankful Cald- 
Abigail, b. Mar. 12, 1764; m. in Conway Apr. 2, 1787, Simeon 

Amsden, b. Apr. 20, 1763; d. Aug. 16, 1832. 
Joel, b. Nov. 13, 1766; m. Sybil Whitmore. 

Esther, b. Dec. 16, 1769; m. in Conway Aug. 31, 1789, Solomon 
Gates, b. Oct. 4, 1761. She d. Aug. 16, 1848. 

1674. V. Experience, b. June 6, 1772; m. June 25, 1789, at Conway, Immer 

Crittenden, b. Mar. 17, 1776, d. Dec. 16, 1826. She d. Feb. 5, 

1675. vi. Jonas, b. May 12, 1775; m. Catherine Parker. 

1676. vii. Ruth, b. Feb. 18, 1778; d. young. 

1677. viii. Ammi, b. Jan. 18, 1781; m. Anna Amsden. 

1678. ix. Parkhurst, b. Sept. 15, 1784; m. Celinda Cowing. 

658. David Whitney (Jonathan, Jonathan, Benjamin, John), bap. Sept. 21, 
1746; m. Rachel . He was a farmer; res. Conway, Mass. 

1679. i. Jonathan, b. Mar. 13, 1770; m. Lucy Washburn. 

1680. ii. Mercy, b. Sept. 10, 1771; m. Dec. 26, 1795, Ezra Bond, of Con- 


1681. iii. Lydia, b. Feb. 13, 1773; m. Nov. 4, 1794, Mark Bangs, of Mon- 


1682. iv. Rachel, b. Apr. 1, 1775; d. 1784. 

1683. v. Ruby, b. Mar. 3, 1776; m. Oct. 14, 1798, Calvin Bartlett, of Con- 


1684. vi. Prudence, b. Mar. 12. 1778; d. 1796. 

1685. vii. Polly, b. Nov. 22, 1779; m. Oct. 22, 1800, Abel De Wolf, of Con- 


1686. viii. Leinder, b. Dec. 9, 1781. 

1687. ix. David, b. Apr. 19. 1785; d. 1787. 

1688. X. Ruth. b. Sept. 26, 1788; d. in infancy. 

1689. xi. Ruth, b. Sept. 26, 1789. 

661. Elias Whitney (Elias, Jonathan. Benjamin, John), b. June 15, 1750; m. 
Apr. 10, 1772, Lucy Barnes, b. Hingham, Mass., June 15, 1750; d. Oct. 15, 1818. He 








settled finally on the paternal homestead. He was the worthy head of a worthy fam- 
ily. He was so strictly conscientious that when the pension law had passed, favor- 
ing with pensions the surviving Revolutionary soldiers, and his papers were all made 
out making perfectly valid his claim, on hearing them read over and finding that he 
had got to swear that he was a needy applicant, he positively refused to make oath 
or to have his pension on such terms, declaring that he was not thus needy, but had 
lived and could live without the pension. He was told that others much richer than 
himself made no scruples of swearing that they needed the preferred pension; but, 
though in really moderate circumstances, he persistently stuck to his scruples. He 
made his will Jan. 16, 1825. It was probated July 1, 1828. He served in the Revolu- 
tionary army, in Capt. Jennison's company from Mendon, Mass. He d. May 22, 1828; 
res. Milford, Mass. 

1690. i. Abigail, b. Mar. 6, 1773; m. 1798, Barnard Boyden; b. Mar. 6, 1773. 

Ch.: Elias, b. July 5, 1799; Ellis, b. ; res. Milford. 

1691. ii. Mellen, b. Dec. 9, 1774; m. Jane Richardson. 

1692. iii. Rebecca, b. Dec. 14, 1776; m. June 22, 1797, Amos Howard, b. 

Oct. 2, 1769; d. Sept. 1, 1829. She d. Nov. 25, 1827; res. Milford. 
Ch.: Sibbia, b. May 22, 1798; Lucy, b. Dec. 22, 1799; d. June 30, 
1822; John, b. June 10, 1802; m. Chloe A.Gould; Margaret, b. 
Feb. 9, 1805; d. Mar. 3, 1832; Amos, b. Apr. 2, 1807; m. Elvira 
Gould; Emery, b. Apr. 11, 1809; d. Jan. 9, 1829; Rebecca, b. 
Aug. 4, 1812; m. Sewell H. Gould; Andrew J., b. Dec. 7, 1818; 
m. Laurinda Howard. 

1693. iv. Lydia, b. Apr. 12. 1779; m. 1798, Abijah Clark; b. Sept., 1776; res. 

Becket, Mass. She d. bef. 1808. Ch.: Alexander, Whitney, 
Eliza and Stearnes. 

1694. V. Jonathan, b. May 9, 1781; m. Lavina Coombs. 

1695. vi. Laban, b. Oct. 24, 1783; m. Olive Green. 

1696. vii. Lucy, b. Jan. 6, 1786; m. Feb. 1, 1803, John Wood; rem. Barre, Vt. 

Although the records of Mrs. Wood's native town show her to 
have been born Jan. 6, it is related that Mrs. Wood a few years 
ago changed the date in the family Bible to the 16th, and she 
now insists on observing the later date. Mrs. Wood was born at 
Jaffrey, N. H., Jan. 6, 1786, and is therefore three years older 
than the Federal government. She has witnessed the rise and 
fall of every political party and every presidential campaign 
from the days of Washington to those of Grover Cleveland's 
second triumph? Her maiden name was Lucy Whitney, being 
one of a family of 11 children. At the age of 9 years her father 
moved to Milford, Mass. During her 16th year she was a pupil 
in a Milford singing school, John Wood, a young man from the 
adjoining town of Mendon, also trying to master the difficult 
"do, me, sol." While rehearsing their parts together Cupid 
accomplished his purpose, and on Feb. 1,1803, the young couple 
were made man and wife lay Amariah Frost. They went to Vt. 
to Barre. The young husband built a cottage on the east hill. 
There were no doors or windows. The fireplace and chimney 
were constructed of stone, and the house was divided into two 
rooms by a blanket hung in the center. Mr. Wood erected an 
oven in the clearing outside the house, and Mrs. Wood proudly 
declares that the best cooking she has ever done was performed 
in that ancient oven. As soon as the house was finished both 
husband and wife worked early and late to clear the land and 
burn the brushwood about the dwelling. On many nights dur- 
ing the absence of Mr. Wood, who had gone to the nearest set- 
tlement for supplies, the good wife has sat by the candle light 
through the midnight hours keeping a bright fire burning to 
scare away the wolves that were howling about the house. 
Sometimes they were brave enough to come by the blanket 
which covered the door, not daring to proceed further for fear 
of the flames. 

Mr Wood was a teamster for the United States government 
in the war of 1812, his route being from Wells river to Burling- 
ton. The care of the farm and family devolved upon Mrs. 
Wood, During her husband's absence the house caught fire 


and was devoured by the flames. She hastened to a place of 
safety, but remembering that her oldest child was sleeping in 
the house, she re-entered the building and took her child to a 
safe place. The brave woman was severely burned in this act, 
and still carries the scars. This daughter died a few years ago, 
aged 73. The neighbors proved to be friends in the hour of 
need, and when Mr. Wood returned home, greatly to his sur- 
prise, he found a new house nearly completed. In one of the 
early winters there was no track of man or team at her door 
for a period of six weeks. Her oldest children went to school 
in a barn on the Carleton farm. There was but one preacher in 
town. Rev. Aaron Palmer. Robert Paddock was the only physi- 
cian, and the only merchant was Jack Pollard. For his service 
in the battle of Plattsburg Mr. Wood drew a land warrant. He 
died in Boston March 24, 1857. After his death Mrs. Wood 
managed the farm seven years, and then removed to Barre 
village, where she now resides on Hill street with her daughter 
Sophia, who is now 76 years old, and spends her entire time 
caring for her aged mother. Mrs. Wood has had 10 other chil- 
dren ; three sons are now living — Charles, who resides at Orange; 
Phineas, at Newport, and Warren, at Auburn, R. I. She claims 
to have 40 living grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild 17 
years old. She is the last survivor of her father's family, there 
having been five older and five younger. In her 99th year she 
made a bedquilt containing 5,876 pieces, which has taken 
premiums at several county fairs. To the casual visitor she 
does not appear to be so old, although she is very thin and much 
wrinkled. Her memory is very good, and she remembers 
events of her childhood with perfect clearness, delightuig to 
relate early reminiscences of the state and the noted men she 
has met. She can recall the events of the war of 1812, and 
often she has told the young people gathered about her how the 
patriotic men fought and the hardships they endured for their 
country in the early days of the present century. In her youth 
Mrs. Wood was a Congregationalist, but after her marriage and 
settlement in Barre, she joined the Methodist society, and has 
since been a stanch adherent of its creeds. She retains her 
faculties to a remarkable degree, her only weakness being her 
great deafness and lameness, though she can move about the 
house with the aid of chairs. She still retains her business 
faculty, and until very recently conducted her own affairs. In 
1891 Mrs. Wood petitioned Congressfor a pension on the ground 
that her husband was a teamster in the war of 1812, and Con- 
gress, by a special act, granted her S12 per month. Last year 
Mrs. Wood was made a member of R. B., Crandall Woman's 
Relief Corps, and was appointed an aide upon the staff of the 
department president, and at the last State convention a depart- 
ment badge was voted to her, she being the oldest member of 
the order. For several years she has ridden in the Grand Army 
parade on Memorial days. The old lady has enjoyed many 
a birthday party, the one on her 100th being, perhaps, the most 
notable. Crandall Relief Corps, with her relatives and neigh- 
bors, celebrated with her the 107th anniversary of her birth. 
She died Jan. 31, 1893. Her children were: Willis, born in 
Mendon, Mass.; Horace, Ellas, Celinda H., Phinneas, Laura, 
Sophia M., b. July 28, 1818, still living unm. ; Charles L., Warren F. 

668. Jonathan Whitney (Benjamin, Benjamin, Benjamin, John), b. Sherborn; 
Mass., Sept. 25, 1734; m. in Waltham, June 15, 1758, Eunice Marshall, b. Oct. 2, 1736, 
d. Sept., 1799. He was a soldier at the battle of Bunker Hill from Hopkinton, Mass. 
He d. in 1800; res. Framingham and Dalton, Mass. 

1697. i. Isaac, b. Sept. 26, 1768; m. Caroline Harmon. 

1698. ii. Amos, b. Sept. 27, 1764. 

1699. iii. Persis, b. Aug. 20, 1769; m. Lasure. 


























1700. iv. David, b. Nov. 3, 1761; killed by Indians at the battle of Stony 
Raba on the Mohawk, Oct. 19, 1780. He was in the company 
commanded by Capt. Ely. 

Eunice, b. Nov. 16, 1763; m. Marshall. She d. Oct. 1, 1842. 

Esther, b. Apr. 13, 1766; m. Cyrus Rockwood. 

Asaph, b. June 21, 1770; m. Bethiah Hopkins. 

Sarah, b. June 12, 1759. 

Olive, b. ; m. Anson Hopkins; res. Bellile, N. Y. A son, 

Anson, Jr., resides there. 

680. Isaac Whitney (Jason, Mark, Benjamin, John), b. Natick, Mass., Apr. 17, 

1770; m. ; m. 2d Mrs. Susanna (Turnback) Hall, b. Pennsylvania, May 

11, 1780; she m. 3d a Mr. Dodge and had one child by him. She d. at Ray, Mich., 
Feb. 9, 1867. 

He was born in Natick, Mass., emigrated to New York, and died in Middlesex 
in 1817. He was a kind husband and father, and true Christian man. He was a 
pioneer in that section when it was settled by the Indians, with whom he was on 
friendly terms. He was also able to converse with them in their dialect. After the 
death of his first wife he married a widow, Mrs. Hall, for his second wife, and she had 
five children by her first husband and one by her third. Isaac was an extensive 
farmer and one of the largest in that part of New York. He 1817; res. Middle- 
sex, Ontario Co., N. Y. 

Jason, b. ; m. and went to Texas. 

Robert, b. ; d. . 

Elizabeth, b. ; m. Osgood, and moved to Michigan, 

where they had a large family, and died. 

Samuel, b. July 9, 1811; m. Ann Stroup. 

John Fisher, b. Oct. 25, 1809; m. Phebe Nelson. 

Isaac, b. Nov. 12, 1817; m. Sarah Stroup and Mahala Stroup. 

Jesse, b. May 3, 1808; m. Eliza C. Shepherd. 

James, b. in Middlesex, N. Y.; m. and d. there s. p. in 1847. 

683. Fisher Whitney (Jason, Mark, Benjamin, John), b. Natick, Mass., Jan. 3, 
1775; m. in Italy, N. Y., June, 1797, Patty Watkins, of Partridgefield, Mass.; b. Peru, 
in 1780. She m. 2d, at Italy in 1805, Elias Lee; b. 1777; d. Feb. 1, 1825. She d. in 
Mass.. Mar , 1849. 

Fisher Whitney was born in Natick, Mass. The country around Boston was, in 
1775, sparsely settled, and there was little else to do than to cultivate the soil. Fisher 
Whitney was, therefore, the son of a Massachusetts farmer — but the farmers in those 
days made up the bulk of the population. Stirring events were just then happening 
in that vicinity. Before Fisher was a year old, the battles cf Lexington and Bunker 
Hill were enrolled in history. Natick, his home, was less than twenty miles distant, 
and the terrors of those bloody days made such an impression upon young Fisher's 
mind that before he was fifteen he was enrolled as a soldier against King George 111. 

Thus the Whitneys are from Revolutionary stock, as will be seen in another 
place. Fisher's grandsons, nearly 100 years later, also bore arms for their country. 

But Massachusetts did not long retain young Whitney, for, about the year 1795, 
he removed to Yates county, N. Y., where, three years later, he married Patty Wat- 
kins and settled upon a farm, which he improved while acting as county surveyor. 
Two children were born to him, Patty Whitney, born in 1800, and James Watkins 
Whitney, born June 21, 1803. 

Everything seemed prosperous for this little family when suddenly the father, 
in one of his surveying expeditions, took a violent cold which rapidly settled into a 
fever, and in three days terminated fatally. He was buried in the family burial 
ground on his farm in the town of Italy, Yates county, in April, 1805. Fifty-seven 
years later, his grandson. Col. L. H. Whitney, visited his grave, and found his resting- 
place marked by a plain slab, which his widow had erected to his memory. She 
now sleeps by his side, and by her side repose the ashes of her daughter Patty. 

Fisher Whitney was a dark haired, dark complexioned man, six feet tall, ath- 
letic, and possessed a great aptitude for mathematics. Hence, it was easy for him 
to drift into the surveyor's office. He died at the early age of thirty-seven, sincerely 
mourned by a large circle of acquaintances. He d. Dec. 19, 1805; res. Italy, N. Y. 

1714. i. James Watkins, b. June 21, 1803; m. Betsey Harper. 

1715. ii. Patty Watkins, b. Sept. 9, 1800; m. Jan. 15, 1823, Jason Gris- 

wold; res. Italy, N. Y. Ch.: Fisher, b. Mar. 28, 1825; res. Italy; 


Sophronia, b. Nov. 22, 1823; Lutia Ann, b. July 23, 1830; m. Oct., 
1852; Mary Armborn, b. July 23, 1830; m. July 27, 1852. He d. 
abt. 1850. She d. June, 1880. 

685. Capt. George Whitney (Jason, Mark, Benjamin, John), b. in 1777, in 
Natick, Mass.; m. 1799, Esther Morse, of Natick; b. in 1781, d. Mar. 26, 1836; m. 2d, 
1839, Mrs. Azubah Hastings, of Millbury; d. s. p. 

He was born in Natick, Mass., where he always resided; was a leading and 
public spirited citizen; was captain of the local militia company; member of the 
parish committee, and held all the town offices. All his children were noted for their 
musical ability and penmanship. He d. Feb. 17, 1849; res. Natick, Mass. 

1716. ii. David Morse, b. Nov. 1, 1807; m. Mary Ann Gilmore and Nancy 


1717. i. Hannah, b. Jan. 29, 1802; m. Oct. 10, 1821, Henry Rice, who was 

born Nov. 12, 1798, and d. Nov. 23, 1828. The children of this 
marriage were as follows: Luis H. Rice, b. June 19, 1822; d. 
July 10, 1822. The second child was Mary Elizabeth Rice, who 
was born July 31, 1826, and is now living in Dedham, Mass. 
She m. Albert Jackson Gleason, June 16, 1849, who d. in 1893. 
The children of this marriage were Albert A. Gleason, b. Mar. 
7, 1850, d. in Sept., 1851, and George A. Gleason, who was born 
May 6, 1853, and is now living in Dedham. The third, Henrietta 
b. Nov. 12, 1828, and d. Jan. 11, 1891. She m. on the 22d day of 
Jan., 1849, George William Williams, who d. on the 3d of Nov., 
1861. He was b. in Neuhaus an der Oste, in the kingdom of 
Hannover, Mar. 24, 1815. He came to this country when a boy, 
with Capt. Elisha Bangs, in whose family he lived for several 
years while he was at school, which he attended at Brewster 
and Plymouth, Mass. After that he followed the sea in the 
service of Capt. Bangs for a number of years and was placed 
in command of a vessel before he obtained his majority, and 
continued as a ship's captain until the time of his death, when 
his vessel, the " Maritana," was wrecked in Boston harbor. He 
was killed when the ship went to pieces, but a majority of the 
crew and passengers were saved. He was m. in Dedham to 
Henrietta Rice, and lived there till his death. The children of 
this marriage were: Henrietta Louise Williams, b. Mar. 23, 
1850, now living in Dedham. She m. Oct. 21, 1875, Louis Lutz, 
who was b. June 25, 1838, and d. October 10, 1889. They had 
children, now living in Dedham, as follows: Helen Louise Lutz, 
b. Dec. 16, 1876; Frederick Louis, b. Sept. 28, 1880, and Roger 
Henry Lutz, b. July 18, 1884. The second child, George Fred- 
erick Williams, b. July 10, 1852; unm., living in Dedham. His 
ancestors are of old Massachusetts stock, and his paternal 
ancestors were German and French. He was educated at 
private schools until he entered the high school at Dedham; he 
entered Dartmouth college in the year 1868. At the end of his 
freshman year he went to Germany, where he studied in Ham- 
burg for six months, and spent the next year at universities in 
Heidelberg and Berlin, making up the studies of sophomore 
and junior year in the spring and summer of 1871. He re-entered 
his class in Dartmouth, and graduated in 1872. In the winter of 
1872 and 1873 he taught school at West Brewster, Mass., and in 
the spring and summer of 1873 was on the reportorial staff of 
the Boston Globe. He studied law at Boston University, and 
was admitted to the Suffolk bar in Oct., 1875. In 1878 Little, 
Brown & Co. published his volume of Massachusetts Citations, 
and from 1879 to 1887 he edited for that firm volumes X. to 
XVII. of the Annual United States Digest. He was elected to 
the Dedham School Committee in 1879, and served three years. 
He began active participation in politics as a Republican in 
1882, and in 1883 organized the Norfolk Republican Club, which 
was, and now is, one of the largest political clubs in the state. 
In the summer of 1884 he joined the Independent movement, 
and was one of the committee on resolutions in the Independent 


convention held at New York. Appointed by the Massachu- 
setts Committee of One Hundred one of its executive commit- 
tee, he was in August selected as chairman of that committee, 
which conducted the state campaign. In 1886 he was chairman 
of the Independent committee, organized for the campaign of 
Hon. John F. Andrew for the governorship. In 1889 he was 
elected to the Massachusetts legislature, where he took an 
active part as a Democrat. In 1890 he was elected to the Fifty- 
Second Congress from the Ninth Massachusetts District,succeed- 
ing a Republican, the Hon. John W. Candler. His political 
work has been done in connection with constant work m the 
profession of the law, which he has practiced mainly in the 
courts of Boston. He has been for many years a member of 
the executive committee of the Massachusetts Reform Club, 
and has served as secretary, and on the executive committee of 
the Dartmouth Alumni Association, of Boston, and as president 
of the Dartmouth Club, of Boston. In 1886 he delivered the 
Fourth of July oration in Boston, by invitation of the city, and in 
' 1889 delivered an address before the faculty and students of 
Dartmouth college on the centennial anniversary of the inaugu- 
ration of Washington. The third child is Henry Liversidge 
Williams, b. Sept. 17, 1855, now living in Dedham. Hannah 
Rice m. a second time Joseph Daniels, on the 26th day of Sept., 
1832. They had children, now living: Sarah Anna Daniels, now 
Gates, who lives at 18 Oakland street, Brooklyn, N. Y, She was 
b. on Sept. 14, 1837. Joseph Henry Daniels, b. August 10, 1834. 

1718. iii. George C, b. Feb. 3, 1809; m. Persis Broad. 

1719. iv. Freeman Sears, b. Feb. 6, 1812; m. Eveline Perry, 

1720. v. Samuel S., b. Jan. 8, 1815; m. Sarah W. Spaulding. 

1721. vi. John Aniger, b. Dec. 20, 1817; m. Emily Walker and Lizzie 


1722. vii. Ebenezer, b. Dec. 20, 1820; m. Sarah Leighton. 

1723. viii. Alvin Fisher, b. 1824; m. Elviria Clemence. 

1724. ix. David Morse, b. Mar. 16, 1804; d. Sept. 21, 1805. 

1725. X. Sally, b. Dec. 25, 1799; d. Apr. 10, 1802. 

686. Jason Whitney (Jason, Mark, Benjamin, John), b. Natick, Mass., Oct. 20, 
1780; m. there 1801, Hannah Goodnow, of Natick; d. Dec. 27, 1810; m. 2d Margaret 
Green. He d. ; res. Watertown and Natick, Mass. 

1726. i. Mary, b. Nov. 26, 1801; d. Dec. 9, 1801. 

1727. ii. RoxANNA, b. Feb. 23, 1803; m. Mar., 1829, Ebenezer Blake; b. July 

9, 1805. She d. Jan. 29, 1885. Ch.: Rebecca R., b. Feb. 13, 18.31; 
m. Geo. E. Weeman; res. So. Bridgton, Me.; George A., b. Sept. 
20, 1835; d. Nov. 11, 1889; Joseph Eugene, b. May 20, 1837; res. 
Milton, Mass.; Eben F., b. Sept. 20, 1839; res. Lynn, Mass. 

1728. iii. Emeline Ann, b. Feb. 6, 1809; m. in Natick in 1827, Elijah 

Hersey, of Dedham. He was b. Apr. 26, 1808; boot and shoe 
manufacturer. They res. 1232 Madison street, Oakland, Cal. Ch.: 
George E., b. May 30, 1830; Emily Frances, b. Sept. 8, 1828; 
Edward Whiting, b. Jan. 12, 1833; George Hersey, m., lives in 
Gilroy, Cal.; Emily F., m. in Brookline, Mass., May 1, 1845, Abram 
H. Lambert, lives in Rock Island, 111.; Edward W.,d. in Elmira 
N. Y., Oct. 18, 1863. 

1729. iv. Hannah Goodnow, b. Jan. 2, 1807; m. twice and d. s. p.; first 

husband m. 1829, Arthur Danforth, of Dedham. 

1730. v. Eben Fisher, b. Jan. 10, 1805; n. f. k. 

1731. vi. Nancy Goodnow, b. Nov. 26, 1810; m. Wheeler, and Jan. 

28, 1844, David Morse Whitney. She res. with Mrs. Charlotte 
T. Andrews at Fort Wayne, Ind. Her first husband was killed 
in the Texas Rebellion in 1836. They had one son, Samuel H., 
who was born in Natick and enlisted in the late war in Co. H. 
13th Mass. Vols. He was lost on the march to Winchester in 
1862. Ch.: Frank Hayden Whitney, b. July 30, 1845. He was a 
soldier in the 13th Mass. Vols., Company H. (See elsewhere.) 









































688. Ebenezer Whitney (Jason, Mark, Benjamin, John), b. Natick, Mass., 
Mar. 2, 1784; m. in Framingham, Apr. 8, 1807, Mary Brown, dau. of Aaron and 
Martha (Walker) Brown; b. Aug. 1, 1785; d. July 22. 1822; m. 2d Nov. 10, 1821, 
Joanna Law, of Acton. 

He was born in Natick, Mass., and after his marriage resided on the Beal farms 
in that town and at East Sudbury. Later he lived in Wayland. Was an innkeeper 
and proprietor of a line of stages at Natick. He d. Sept. 23, 1855; res. Natick and 
Wayland, Mass. 

■ Charles, b. May 21, 1808. 

Martha Ann, b. Feb. 9, 1817; m. Nov. 16, 1834, David E. Allen, 

of Dover. 
Nancy Childs, b. June 20, 1820; m. Nelson Holmes and res. 

Trempeleau, Wis. 
Prudence Walker, b. May 14,1822; m. Wm. G. Willson, 
Sally Cumings, b. July 26, 1824; d. Dec. 7, 1825. 
Hiram Ebenezer, b. June 3, 1826; d. unm. 

Sally Cumings, b. Apr. 8, 1828; m. Stone. 

Ellen O., b. Mar. 5, 1830; m. Albert Lyon. 

Isabella C, b. Oct. 17, 1834; m. Bacon. 

Turner, b. Sept. 24, 1842. 

George, b. . 

Albert M., b. Jan. 16, 1836. Killed in the Rebellion. 
Nathaniel D. T., b. May 3, 1838. 
Catherine H., b. May 5, 1840; d. June 1, 1842. 

George, b. . 

Mary Brown, b. Mar. 18, 1813; m. Abraham Bigelow 2d of 
Natick, and d. in Dover, Mass., Dec. 9, 1881. Issue (Bigelow 
Genealogy, p. 336). 
xvii. Charles W.. b. June 13, 1832. 

xviii. Catherine, b. ; m. Stone. 

Anne E., b. Jan., 1851. 

695. Daniel Whitney (Elijah, Daniel, John, John, John), b. Roxbury, Mass.; 
m. Mar. 7, 1769, Sarah Gay; d. Sept. 20, 1824. He d. May" 3, 1820; res. Boston and 
Warwick, Mass. 

1751. i. Sarah, b. Sept. 5, 1769; m. Oct. 15, 1796, David Adams, of War- 


1752. ii. Elijah, b. Jan. 15, 1771. 

1753. iii. Susannah, b. Jan. 31. 1773. 

1754. iv. Daniel, b. Dec. 5, 1774; m. . 

1755. v. Seneca, b. July 27, 1776; m. 1803, Hannah Moore; b. 1781; d. 

May 16, 1848. He d. Apr. 25, 1810; res. Warwick. 

1756. vi. Sophia, b. July 12, 1778; d. unm. Mar. 15, 1861. 

1757. vii. Betty, b. Aug. 11, 1781. 

1758. viii, Joseph Gay, b. Sept. 7, 1784; m. and d. Aug. 7, 1834, in Warwick, 


1759. ix. Elisha, b. June 24, 1786; m. . . 

1760. X. Henry, b. Aug., 30, 1788; m. , , 

696. John Whitney (Elijah, Daniel, John. John, John),b. Nov, 29, 1749; m, Apr. 
22, 1773, Mary Payson; d. 1816. He d. in 1830; res. Roxbury and Warwick, Mass. 

1761. i. John, bap. R. Aug., 1774; d. young, 

1762. ii. Mary, b. Sept. 26, 1776. 

1763. iii. Sally, b. Feb. 1, 1779; m, 1802 at Warwick, Samuel Mayo. 

1764. iv. Nancy, b. Mar. 21. 1781. 

• 1765. v. JOHN.b. Apr. 8. 1783; m. . 

1766. vi. Lois, b. Aug. 20. 1785; d. unm. Nov. 6, 1820. 

698. Lieut. Elisha Whitney (Elijah, Daniel, John, John, John),b. Oct. 6, 1747; 
m. in Newton, June 4, 1769, Abigail Dana. His picture, painted by Stuart, is in pos- 
session of his gr. son Benj. D; res. West Roxbury. Mass. 

1767. i. Experience, b. Feb., 1776; d. Sept. 17, 1777. 

1768. ii. Abigail, b. Apr. 10, 1778; m. Nov. 17, 1799, Joseph Seaver, of 

Boston. He was b. Dec. 25, 1770; d. Aug. 17, 1811. Ch.: Eliza- 
beth Whitney, b. Mar. 23, 1801; m. 1823; d. 1837; Joseph, b. June 
17, 1804; m. 1834; d. 1883; Wm. Whitney, b. Apr. 6, 1806; m. 


1829; d. 1858; Nathaniel, b. Sept. 24, 1808; d. Aug. 16, 1835; 
Abigail Dana, b. Sept. 16, 1810; d. May 11, 1828. A godchild is 
is Miss E. A. Seaver, of Lexington, Mass. 

1769. iii. Elisha, b. Feb. 4, 1780; m. Sarah Heath. 

1770. iv. Asa, b. May 18, 1782; m. Mary Hammond. 

1771. V. Pedy, b. July 20, 1784; m. in Roxbury in 1801, Col. Joseph Dud- 

ley, b. Oct. 16, 1780. Col. Dudley owned and occupied the old 
homestead in Roxbury. He was a farmer, a man of strict hon- 
esty and integrity. His open-handed generosity was much 
commented on. In 1810 he gave a portion of his patrimonial 
estate as a sitefor a town house. He was a descendant of Gov. 
Dudley. He d. Feb. 28, 1827; res. Roxbury, Mass. Ch.: Will- 
iam, b. Oct. 8, 1801; d. Dec. 28, 1801; Joseph W., b. June 2, 1803; 
d. May 20, 1869; Sarah W., b. Feb. 20, 1805; d. Aug. 23, 1868; 
Isaac D., b. Jan. 23, 1807; d. Feb. 2, 1855; William, b. June 24, 
1808; d. Nov. 13, 1833; Samuel, b. Dec. 31, 1809; Pedy. b. Feb. 7, 
1812; d. May 8, 1838; Elisha W.,b. Dec. 9, 1813; d. Oct. 22, 1815; 
Elisia W., b. Feb. 2, 1816; d. Mar. 23, 1816; Henry A. S. D., b. 
Aug. 13, 1821; d. July 7, 1885. 

1772. vi. William, b. June 17, 1788; d. unm. 

1773. vii. Elizabeth, b. Mar. 3, 1793; d. unm. 

701. Caleb Whitney (Caleb, Timothy, John, John, John), b. June 17, 1740; m. 
1765, Elizabeth Hyde, b. 1745. During the Revolutionary war he was a member of 
the Newton company, Capt. Wiswell,and marched to the Lexington alarm. His will 
He was a cordwainer by trade. He d. before 1792; res. Newton, 

Oliver, b. Mar. 9, 1766; d. unm. in Boston. 
Amariah, b. Nov. 18, 1767; m. Sarah Trull. 
Ruth, b. May 31, 1773. 
Sarah, b. June 4, 1774. 
Abigail, b. Sept. 10, 1775. 

Thaddeus, b. (mentioned in settlement of his father's estate, but 
record of birth not found). 

703. Thaddeus Whitney (Caleb, Timothy, John, John, John), b. July 10, 1747; 
m.l772. Temperance Hyde, b. Apr. 1, 1753; d. 1842. 

He served in the Revolutionary war in the Newton company. In 1798 he owned 
a farm of 25 acres. In 1805 he was a member of the Baptist church. He d. in 1832; 
res. Newton, Mass. His will: 

Be it remembered that I, Thaddeus Whitney of Newton in the County of Mid- 
dlesex, do make and ordain this my last will and testament. 

Imprimis. I do give and devise to my executrix herinafter named so much of 
my real estate to be disposed of at public or private sale as she shall judge best as 
will bring a sum sufficient to pay all my just debts and charges of settlement after 
applying to that purpose such of the personal estate as shall not be needful for the 
use of my beloved wife. 

Item. I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Temperance the use and im- 
provement of all my estate both real and personal, excepting such as shall be dis- 
posed of as above directed, and excepting also my land with the buildings thereon 
situated in Brighton, to have and to hold so long as she remains my widow. 

Item. I give and bequeath to my grandchildren, Asa Cook, Nancy Davis and 
Louisa Jackson, children of my late daughter Temperance, now deceased, the sum 
of 5 dollars each to be paid to them within one year after the decease of me and my 
wife. And whereas I on the 1st of April, 1824, hired a farm of Martha Livermore 
covenanting to pay 85 dollars annually therefor according to her lease of that date 
& whereas Israel L. Worcester, husband of my daughter Ruth by a verbal agree- 
ment between us occupies the same and agrees to pay all the rent, therefore I give 
to my executrix in trust all my farm in Brighton with the buildings thereon to be 
conveyed to my daughter Ruth Worcester or her children whenever and as soon as 
the said Worcester shall have paid up all the said rent as aforesaid and provided it 
be paid within 2 years after my decease so that I shall not have been called upon for 
any part thereof nor my estate be liable to be forever. But if not so paid by said 
Worcester the farm and buildings are to be and remain in fee to my executrix and 
her heirs & assigns forever. 

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Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Ruth forty dollars to be paid within 
■2 years after the decease of me and my wife provided the said Worcester shall have 
paid all the rents as above stated. 

Item. I give and devise to my daughter Hannah all the rest and residue of my 
estate and effects wheresoever found, to have and to hold to her and her heirs forever, 
my daughters Temperance and Ruth having received to the value of about four 
hundred & fifty dollars each. 

Lastly, I do appoint my daughter Hannah my sole executrix, hereby revoking 
all wills heretofore by me made. Dated Jan. 1, 1828. 

Thaddeus Whitney. 
Signed, sealed, published and declared 
to be his last will and testament in the 
presence of us who at his request and in 
the presence of each other subscribed our names 
as witnesses. 
Abyal Draper 
Timy. Whitney 
Robert Nelson, 

Be it remembered that I Thaddeus Whitney do make the following addition or 
alteration to the foregoing will, that is I do appoint Elyat F. Woodward ol the same 
Newton the sole executor of my said will and testament instead of my daughter 
Hannah, hereby revoking so much thereof as constituted and appointed her the sole 
executrix. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 10th of 
July, 1829. 

Thads. Whitney. 
Signed, sealed, published and declared to be an 
addition to his last will in the presence of us 
who at his request and in presence of each other 
have subscribed our names as witnesses. 
Abyal Draper 
Abyal U. Draper 
Amanda Draper. 

1780. i. Temperance, b. Sept. 2, 1774; m. 1795, Jno. Cook, Jr. Ch.: Nancy, 

b. Sept. 25, 1795; m. Davis; Asa, b. June 3, 1797; m. Ros- 

anna ; Louisa, m. Jackson. 

1781. ii. Hannah, b. Apr. 9, 1779; m. David Wardwell, s. p. 

1782. iii. Thaddeus, b. Sept. 1, 1788. Mar. 2, 1821, he bought of Israel L. 

Worcester pew 54 in the meeting house of the First Baptist 
church, of which Rev. Jonathan Homes was pastor, for the sum 
of $19; the deed of which is now in possession of Geo. A. Wor- 
cester, of Milford, N. H. D. unm., 1823. 

1783. iv. Ruth, b. in 1776; m. Israel Liberty Worcester. * 

707. Timothy Whitney, (Moses, Timothy, John, John, John), b. Feb. 12, 1747; 
m. in 1773, Mary Hyde; d. in 1828. He served in the Revolutionary army in a New- 
ton company with his three brothers. He d. in 1821; res. Newton, Mass. 

1784. 1. Stephen, b. 1774; m. Ruth Whittemore. 

1785. ii. Timothy, b. 1776; m. 1824, Peggy (Margaret) Thayer, 

1786. iii. Polly, b. 1778. 

1787. iv. Peggy, b. 1780; m. Elijah Whitney. 

1788. V. Anna, b. 1782. 

1789. vi. Elisha, b. 1784; d. young. 

715. John Whitney (Moses, Timothy, John, John, John), b. Aug. 8, 1762; m. 
Aug. 1785, Polly Pope, of Dedham. He d. Aug. 28, 1816; res. Newton, Mass. 

1790. i. Moses, b. . 

1791. ii. AsA.b. . 

1791^. iii. And 2 daus. 

719. Hon. Samuel Whitney (Joseph, Timothy, John, John, John), b. Massa- 
chusetts, Aug. 5, 1758; m. at Worcester, June 24, 1778, Mary Whitney, dau. of Capt. 
Joshua, b. June 19, 1761 ; d. Apr. 27, 1835. 

Samuel Whitney was born in Massachusetts, Aug. 5, 1758. He moved to Wor- 
cester shortly before the Revolutionary war. April 19, 1775, he enlisted in the com- 
pany commanded by Capt. Benjamin Flagg, which marched to the Lexington 
alarm. In 1779 he was drafted for nine months as private in the company com- 


manded by his father-in-law, Capt. Joshua Whitney, Soon after his marriage in 
1778, he moved to Gilsum, N. H., and erected a house. In 1798 he erected another 
more spacious, and just as he was fairly settled in his new quarters the old residence 
was destroyed by fire. The first records in Gilsum relating to the poor is, " Voted to 
allow Samuel Whitney one pound four shillings for his services in warning folks out 
of town." He was often chosen by his fellow-citizens on important committees and 
filled various offices. Was moderator of the town meetings, 1796-1800-6-15; select- 
man, 1798; school committee, 1790. In 1797, while living in his first house, his wife 
did her cooking out of doors in an oven built for that purpose. One day when get- 
ting ready to bake a leg of mutton, she set the pan on the ground while she went 
into the house. When she came out a bear was just carrying off her dinner. Catch- 
ing up the oven poker she chased it away and saved her mutton. Mr. Whitney was 
known all over that section of country as Squire Whitney, having been justice of the 
peace from 1811 to 1826, and was often called upon to perform marriage ceremonies. 
He was representative in the Legislature in 1805-7-11. He was one of the most 
respected citizens in the town. When he went there in 1780 he had a jack-knife and 
25 cents in money. While at work clearing his land, he hung his jacket on a limb of 
a tree; it caught fire and he was left without anything. He paid for his place by 
catching wild pigeons. At his death he left a valuable estate. He d. June 1, 1831; 
res. Worcester, Mass.; Gilsum, N. H., and Lawrenceville, N. Y. 

1792. i. William Bartholomew, b. Oct. 4, 1778; m. Lydia Ann Law- 


1793. ii. Samuel, b. July 14, 1781; m. Hope Blish and Elsey Everts. 

1794. iii. Joshua, b. June 10, 1784; m. Harriett . 

1795. iv. Polly, b Apr. 10, 1786; m. David Blish; res. Lawrenceville, N. Y. 

Ch.: William, b. ; res. Lawrenceville, N. Y.; David, b. 

; m. Adeline Irvine. He was drowned by sinking of 

steamer Phoenix on Lake Michigan. His wid. m. Wm. Strong. 

Emily, b. ; m. Dr. Carpenter, Lawrenceville, N. Y.; 

Daniel, b. . 

1796. V. Lois, b. Aug. 23, 1788; m. James M. Marks; res. Keene, N. H. 

1797. vi. Luther, b. Apr. 15, 1791; m. Betsey Dart. 

1798. vii. Lydia, b. Sept. 6, 1793; m. May 18, 1813, James Locke; res. Wells- 

boro. Pa. He was b. May 18, 1790; d. Mar. 14, 1874. She died 
Jan. 25, 1887. He was a watchmaker and jeweler; res. Wells- 
boro, Pa. 

1799. viii. Daniel, b. Sept. 3, 1795; m. Emeline Henshaw. 

1800. ix. Wm. Clarke, b. Aug. 29, 1797; d. unm. in Belleville, Ont. 

1801. X. Lucy, b. Apr. 27, 1800; m. Mar. 20, 1820, Isaac Coburn; m. 2d, 

May 27, 1824, Rev. John Smith, an M. E. clergyman; res. Parish- 

ville, N. Y. 
• * 

723. Palmer Whitney (Joseph, Timothy, John, John, John), b. Warwick, 
Orange, Mass., Mar. 5, 1778; m. in Warwick, Mass., int. Apr. 14; m. May 10, 1798, 
Judath Barber, b. Sept. 10, 1777; d. Nov. 2, 1852. 

Palmer Whitney was born in Warwick, Mass., where he resided until a short 
time after his marriage, when he moved to Java Village, N. Y., and kept a public 
house for a number of years. He finally moved to Illinois, and was ever afterwards 
a farmer. He died in Riley, June 26, 1854; res. Orange, Mass., Java, N. Y., Riley, 111. 
Joseph, b. Aug. 8, 1798; m. Sophronia Taylor. 
John, b. Aug. 18, 1804; m. Rachel Ward and Mariah Blood. 

Mark, b. ; m. Caroline Ward. 

Benjamin F., b. Oct. 19, 1818; m. Lucinda Potter. 

Lemuel P., b. Oct. 22, 1821; m. Lydia M. Van Slyke. 

Jarvis, b. Mar. 25, 1811; m. Nancy Potter and Mary C. Rimmer. 

Anna, b. ; m. Harry Eddy; res. . Ch.: Hiram, 

b, , res. DeKalb, 111. 

1809. vi. Arseneth, b. Oct. 29, 1802; m. Feb. 27, 1823, Samuel Woodworth. 
b. May 27, 1800, d. Feb. 4, 1869. He was a farmer and general 
speculator, res. Yorkshire, N. Y. Ch.: Minerva, b. July 1, 1824; 
m. David C. Woolley, Aug. 1842, and d. May 7, 1892; Celia, b. 
Nov. 20, 1826; d. Jan. 18, 1827; Harry E., b. Feb. 4, 1828; m. to 
Elvira Blood, Sept. 12, 1850; res. Delevan, Catt. Co., N. Y.; 
Charles, b. Aug. 27, 1831, d. Jan. 29, 1843; Anna Marier, b. Oct. 
15, 1836; m. to Bray ton B. Lincoln, Jan. 22, 1857; res. Richmond- 















ville, Sanilac Co., Mich.; Nancy Arseneth, b. Nov. 12, 1839; m, 

to Gordon Parker, Feb. 21, 1»61; res. Wales, Erie Co., N. Y.; 

Samuel Parker, b. Sept. 6, 1842, d. Oct. 11, 1865. 

1810. ix. Mary, b. , d. unm. 

J811. X, Angeline, b. ; m. Harkett Fancher. Ch.: Nancy; m. 


1812. xi. Nancy, b. ; m. Charles Woodworth. Ch.: Emily, m. 

Twiss; res. Aurora, N. Y. 

727. Lemuel Whitney (Joseph, Timothy, John, John, John), b. Warwick, Mass., 
Aug. 15, 1784; m. there Aug. 14, 1804, Sally Pratt, b. Oxford, Mass., Apr. 19, 1783; d. 
Feb. 14, 1868, near Foster. Ky. 

He was born in Warwick, Mass., where he resided for a short time after mar- 
riage. He then migrated westward, locating first at Lima, near Genesee Landing, 
in 1809. He was a soldier in the war of 1812, was at the battle of Queenstown, and 
was taken prisoner. In 1815 he located at a place in Ohio, where he remained a 
short time, going then to Charleston, Coles Co., 111. He finally settled in Foster, 
Ky., where he died. Hed. July 13, 1860; res. Warwick and Oxford, Mass., Lima, N. Y., 
Charleston, 111., and Foster, Ky. 

1813. i. James Foster, b. Sept. 12, 1808; m. Elizabeth S. Morton. 

1814. ii. Cynthia, b. Dec. 31, 1812; m. June 30, 1830, Dr. W. Thomas; res. 

Foster, Ky. He was b. in Virginia June 18, 1826; d. Apr. 16, 
1859. Ch.: Foster, b. Feb. 21, 1831, farmer; res. Dwight, Kan.; 
Theodore, b. July 7, 1833; Malinda, b. Oct. 3, 1837; Clara, b. 
Sept. 11, 1840; Sallie, b. July 12, 1842; Anabell, b. Dec. 13, 1844; 
Sophia, b. May 21, 1846; Julian, b. Oct. 14, 1848; Lemuel, b. July 
5, 1852; all dead but the three boys. 

1815. iii. Sophia, b. Oxford, Mass.; m. in Mechanicsburgh, O., Ludovicus 

Rudolph. He was b. in Baltimore, moved to Mt. V^ernon, 
Ind., where she died, leaving two small children, Charles and 
Mary, who died soon after their mother, 

1816. iv, Malvina, b, Sept. 12, 1806; m. Dr, Wilson Dart. He died two 

years after marriage and she then m. Carlos Hilton Gould, of 
Henniker, N. H. They were married in Neville, O., lived there 
six years then moved to Cincinnati. He was owner of a cotton 
factory, had two children, son and daughter. The son, Charles 
W. Gould, was in the Confederate army; after that he went to 
California, was there six years, then died. Auditor of the Court. 
The daughter, Mary Dart, died when young. 

1817. v. Diana, b. in Mass. 1804; d. Mechanicsburgh, O., in 1820. 

1818. vi. Sallie, b, Lima, N, Y,; d. when one week old. 

728. Ephraim Whitney (Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John), b. in 
Groton, Mass., July, 1722; m. Dec. 6, 1749, Thankful Harrington, b. in 1729; d. July 
16, 1795. 

He was born in Groton, moved with his parents to Weston, and later to West- 
boro. After his marriage he purchased a large farm in Upton on which he always 
resided and followed agricultural pursuits. At his decease the farm was equally 
divided between his two sons. He d. July 21, 1797; res. Upton, Mass. 

1819. i. Thankful, b. Nov. 11, 1750; m. Jonathan Batchelor. They res. 

in Upton; farmer. Ch.: Thankful, m. Josiah Rock wood, res. 
Upton; ch., Lewis, Adams, and Emily; Margery, m. Amos Bra- 
dish, res. Upton; ch., Harvey, James, Jonathan, Melinda, Em- 
mons, and Metilda; Jonathan, d. young, unm.; Otis, m. Susan- 
nah Buck, res. Upton; ch., Lucy, Chloe, Serena, Direxza, 
Hannah, and one other; Hannah, m. David Hawes; ch., Calista 
and Darias. 

1820. ii. Beulah, b. Jan. 23, 1753; m. May 7, 1772, Samuel Forbush. He 

was son of Lieut. Samuel Forbush, of Westboro, and great-great- 
grand-son of Daniel Forbes (Forbush Ffarabas), who came 
from Scotland in 1655 (see Forbes-Forbush genealogy by Fred 
C. Pierce, p. 61). He was b. Jan. 29, 1750; d. in Upton, Mass., 
Oct. 31, 1829. She d. May 11, 1848; ae. 95 years. Ch.: Dea. 
Samuel, b. Mar. 30, 1773; m. Lydia Gibson; res. Upton; ch., 
Eliza, John, Mary, Joseph, Persis G., Julia and Thomas Spencer; 


Beulah, b. July 3, 1774; d. unm. Apr. 1, 1833; Ephraim, b. Dec. 
15, 1775; m. Rebecca Sadler and Polly Stowe, res. Upton, 9 ch.; 
Levi, b. Nov. 11, 1777; m. Mary Warren; res. Upton, Mass., 3 ch.; 
Abijah, b. May 11, 1779; m. Sarah Fiske. He was a great sing- 
ing master; res. Shelburne, Mass., 6 ch.; Abner, b. Nov. 14, 1782; 
m. Polly Batchelor; res. Upton, 3 ch.; Lucy, b. Sept. 3, 1791; d. 
Jan. 20, 1819; unm. 

1821. iii. Ephraim, b. May 13, 1756; m. Jemima Whipple and Joanna 


1822. iv. Amos, b. June 29, 1759; m. Eunice Taft. 

729. Oliver Whitney (Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John), b. West- 
boro, Mass., Dec. 1, 1724; m. Dorcas Warren. He saw active service in the Revo- 
lutionary war in Capt. Wood's company from Upton. He d. ; res. Upton, Mass. 


Ezra, b. ; m. 

i. Oliver, b. ; d. unm., aged 80. 

ii. Jacob, b. in 1770; m. Patty Whipple. 



















782. Nathaniel Whitney (Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John), b. 
July 22, 1728; m. Feb. 20, 1754, Abigail Marstop, of Grafton. At the time of his mar- 
riage he resided in Spencer. Nathaniel Whitney was a member of the company of 
training and alarm soldiers in Capt. Samuel Warren's company in Grafton in 1757. 
The inventory of Nathaniel's estate, late of Grafton, was made Aug. 5, 1776. His 
wife, Abigail, was administratrix. Her thirds were set off Apr. 2, 1782, and she was 
appointed guardian for Joseph, Hannah, Catherine and Lois. He d. in G. May L 
1776; res. Grafton, Mass. 

1826. i. Nathaniel, b. Oct. 14, 1754; m. . Nathaniel Whitney, Jr., 

was a member of the company of Capt. Luke Drury, which 
marched from Grafton to the alarm Apr. 19, 1775. 
Abigail, b. Feb. 10, 1757; d. Aug. 27, 1760. 
Mary, b. Mar. 19, 1759; m. 1782, Jonas Southgate, of Leicester. 

She d. July 18, 1782; he d. 1784. 
Lydia, b. Mar. 20, 1761; d. Feb. 24, 1776. 
Abigail, b. Apr. 11, 1763. 
Hannah, b. Aug. 28, 1765. 
Joseph, b. Nov. 27, 1767; m. Polly Stockwell. 
Katherine, b. Feb. 14, 1770. She was not married in 1791, for 

July 16 she signed receipts for estate. 
Tirzah, b. Aug. 15. 1772; d. Feb. 9, 1776. 
Lois, b. Feb. 8, 1775. 

738. Eli Whitney (Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John), bap. May 3,. 
1740; m. Feb. 9, 1765, Elizabeth Fay, b. 1740, d. Aug. 18, 1777; m. 2d, June 12, 1779 
Judith Hazelden of Sutton. He was born in Westboro where he always resided, and 
was a farmer by occupation. When the Revolutionary war broke out he was a 
member of the company commanded by Capt. Baker and saw active service in the 
Westboro company. He was a very large man, weighing nearly 300 pounds. Was a 
member of the church, often held town office, and for years was justice of the peace. 
In his day he was one of the prominent citizens in the town. He d. Aug. 12, 1807; 
res. Westboro, Mass. 

1836. i. Eli, b. Dec. 8. 1765; m. Henrietta F. Edwards. 

1837. ii. Elizabeth Fay, b. Apr. 16, 1767; m. Elihu Blake of Westboro. 

She d. Feb. 8, 1827. He died about 10 years after his wife. Ch.: 
Elizabeth Fay, m. Aug. 19, 1818, Rev. Zedekiah Smith Barstow, 
D. D., who died in Keene, N. H.; a son Dr. Barstow; res. Flush- 
ing, L. I.; Philos; Elisha, ch.. Prof . Wm. P. and Theodore; res. 
New Haven; Eli Whitney, ch., Henry T. and Mrs. Rev. Geo. 
Bushnell; both res. in New Haven, Conn.; Maria, m. Rev. Mr. 
Burgess; Josiah Whitney, John, George, Edward, Frances, m. 
Rev. Mr. Orcott. 

1838. iii. Benjamin, b. Sept. 13, 1768; m. Sibbel Blake. 

1839. iv. Josiah, b. Mar. 31, 1770. Josiah was born in Westboro, where he 

resided until he had nearly attained his majority, when he went 
to Boston. There he began life as clerk in a store. By indus- 
try and economy he amassed a competency, and at his death 
in 1839 was one of the prominent shipping merchants in that 


city, and was located on Central wharf. He was an influential 
citizen; with other Boston merchants and one or two in the south 
he had the ship built called the " Eli Whitney," and she was 
used in carrying cotton from the south to Boston. He was a man 
of wit and genial temperament, and had many friends and was 
highly respected. He was never married. 

753. Capt. Samuel Whitney (Sarrviel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John), b. in 
Weston, Sept. 23, 1739; m. in Grafton, 1762, Phebe Harrington; b. G. May 25, 1740; 
d. Marlboro, Vt., Mar. 6, 1812. 

Capt. Samuel Whitney was born in Weston, Mass., and while a young man 
removed to Grafton, Mass., where he was an early settler. There he was united to 
his wife, and shortly after moved to Shrewsbury. About the middle of November, 
1769, with his brother, Nathaniel, he went to Marlboro, Vt. In March, 1770, he made a 
quantity of maple sugar and then moved from the east to the west part of the town and 
began anew on the premises he afterward occupied. In 1770 he opened the forest 
and erected a log house, in the raising of which he invited his brothers, Nathaniel 
and Jonas, and James Ball to assist him. In 1772, probably in March, he moved his 
family from Shrewsbury to Marlboro, consisting of his wife and four children. He 
was enterprising, laborious, and persevering, bold, resolute, and fearless, bravely 
surmountmg the trials of a pioneer. He had a peculiar voice, better fitted for the 
sternness of authority than the smooth adulations of flattery. He erected buildings 
and opened a public house, which he kept till the close of life. The site of this prop- 
erty is now occupied by the West Marlboro postofiice. 

Mr. Whitney was a great hunter, and but for the prompt assistance on one 
occasion rendered by his sons, Moses and Guilford, lads at the time, would undoubt- 
edly have been killed by a bear. Mr. Whitney carried the scar to his grave. He d. 
Feb. 1, 1811; res. Grafton and Shrewsbury, Mass. and Marlboro, Vt. 

1840. i. Catherine, or Catv, b. May 5, 1763; m. Samuel Pratt, of Marl- 


1841. ii. Elizabeth, or Betty, b. Aug. 26, 1764; m. Alvin Pratt, of Marl- 

Moses, b. Oct. 20, 1765; d. infant, Dec. 14, 1765. 
Moses, b. Jan. 26, 1767; m. Bernice Locke. 
Guilford, b. Jan. 2, 1769; m. Anna Locke. 
Samuel, b. Apr. 18, 1772; m. Susanna Kimball. 
Mariam, b. June 10, 1776; m. Lyman Brown, of Jethro. 
Zenas, b. Mar. 14, 1779. 
SiMCi, b. Apr. 10, 1781; m. Silence Tucker. 
Phebe, b. Jan. 17, 1786; m. Roswell Paddleford. 
Rupert, b. July 27, 1789; d. May 3, 1790. He was born when his 

mother was in her 50th year. 

755. Capt. Nathaniel Whitney (Samuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John), b. 
Shrewsbury, May 30, 1749; m. Jan. 21, 1771, Mary Houghton of Lancaster, b. June 
1751; d. Sept. 27, 1844. 

Capt. Nathaniel Whitney, when a young man, 20 years of age, with his brother 
Samuel, Jr., on invitation of Col. William Williams, visited Marlboro, Vt., for the 
first time, in Nov. 1769. He returned to his home m Shrewsbury, Mass., in a few 
weeks, where he remained until the following March, when in company with his 
father and brother Samuel, he returned to Marlboro. The father left the two boys 
and returned with his sleigh and horses to Shrewsbury. That spring, on land in the 
easterly part of the town, they made their first attempt at making maple sugar and 
were very successful in the enterprise. The same spring these two brothers pur- 
chased of Charles Phelps, Esq., of New Marlboro, in the county of Cumberland, and 
Province of New York, for ;^55 land near that of Governor Wentworth, and Samuel 
West. Capt. Whitney erected a log camp in the woods and began clearing his new farm. 
In this camp he spent the two following summers, ambitious and laborious in his new 
field of labor. At his request Mrs. Col. Williams cooked for him a week's provision 
at a time and he returned to his camp and spent the week in hard work upon it. His 
principal living was pork and peas and beans with a comfortable supply of bread, 
and occasionally with the additional luxury of trout and wild game. For his bread 
he brought the meal upon his back from Brattleboro, Coleraine or Greenfield, distances 
from 10 to 20 miles away. Upon these premises he erected the first framed dwelling 
in the town, which he occupied for a few years and then disposed of for Continental 
paper money, which depreciated in value, by which he suffered an almost total loss 




















of his sale. In this inpoverished condition he began anew by purchasing of Charles 
Phelps 472K acres of land, the deed of which is dated Mar. 28, 1777. He sold part of 
the land to his brother Eliphalet and purchased other adjoining of Perez Stockwell, 
June 12, 1777. He again became a prosperous farmer and was an influential and 
much esteemed citizen. In the adventures of Capt. Whitney, as one of the early 
settlers of Marlboro, there are numerous incidents not wholly devoid of interest and 
which would justify an extended notice in the town history. On one occasion he 
killed a bear which when dressed weighed 466 pounds, one of the largest, if not the 
largest ever killed in Vermont. Capt. Whitney was a staunch Whig, and took a 
decided stand in favor of the American Revolution. On hearing of the battle of 
Lexington which occurred April 19, 1775, Capt. Whitney and Capt. Jonathan Warren 
shouldered their muskets and hastened forward to offer their services as volunteers 
in defense of the colonies. He reached Bennington on the eve of the battle Aug. 
16, 1777, and was placed as a guard over a captured enemy. At the close of the 
campaign he returned to his family and his farm, a laborious citizen, taking a lively 
interest in the growth and prosperity of the town and in the spiritual advance of the 
Congregational church of which for many years he was a worthy member. He reared 
a large family of children, whose voices in the church choir will long be remembered. 
He d. June 4, 1829; res. Shrewsbury, Mass., and Marlboro, Vt. 

1852. i. Solomon, b. Mar. 7,1781; m. Lucy Lyman and Mrs. Sybil (Armes) 


1853. ii. Nathaniel, b. Sept. 15, 1771, in S.; d. Dec. 1, 1771, in S. 

1854. iii. Charlotte, b. Apr. 4, 1785; m. 1806, Eli Higley; res. Whiting- 

ham. He d. May 4, 1845. She m. 2d, Jabez Smith of Wilming- 

1855. iv. ZiLPHA, b. June 8, 1789; m. Elisha Putnam, of Buckland, Mass. 
He was b. May 18, 1786; d. Shelburne Falls, Mass., Dec. 24, 1859. 

Luther, b. Oct. 2, 1777; m. Jerusha- 
Molly, b. Mar. 1776; d. Sept. 1788. 











Dolly, b. July 29, 1774; m., 1789, Henry Sawtell. 
Chloe, b. May 4, 1783; d. Sept. 12, 1803. 

Rhoda, b. July 9, 1787; m. William Merrill, res. Burlington. She 
d. 1848. 

1861. X. Molly, b. Sept. 10, 1772; d. Dec. 10, 1774, in Marlboro. Her 

remains were the first interred in the graveyard in the woods in 

1862. xi. Nathaniel, b. May 24, 1779; m. Sally Stewart and Mrs. Lucy 

(Houghton) Hatch. 

1863. xii. Betsey, b. Aug. 22, 1791; m. Asa Jacobs, of Guilford. 

1864. xiii. Clark, b. Apr. 8, 1794; d. Feb. 18, 1814. 

760. Dea. Jonas Whitney (Samuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John), b. 
Shrewsbury, Mass., June 14, 1751; m. Jan. 11, 1773, Tamar Houghton, of L., b. 
June 8, 1754; d. Mar. 31, 1831. 

He was born in Shrewsbury, Mass., and with his brother was an early settler in 
Marlboro, Vt. Was for many years a deacon in the Congregational church. When 
the first town meeting was held in 1775 he was elected to office. The Deacon 
kept the tavern down the hill in Marlboro, where the good fathers used to go on 
Sunday during the intermission between the morning and afternoon service. Clubs 
of four would call for a "mug of toddy" to moisten their bread and cheese. The 
Deacon mixed it, for who could make such excellent toddy as he? The large glass, 
holding a quart, two-thirds full of water, was well seasoned with loaf sugar, when it 
was filled up with " old Jamaica rum," and well mixed by an adept use of the " toddy 
stick," receiving its finishing touch with a sprinkling of grated nutmeg. The four 
drank out of the same glass, " passing it around." If there was more than they 
needed they passed it to others, for they were prudent and temperate in all things. 
A "half mug " served for two, and it was seldom that any one drank alone. As a 
rule, each one paid his share, the business of treating not being popular in the 
church. This harmless social habit is scouted now, though drunkenness at that 
time was almost unknown. If a young man got so far under the influence of 
strong drink as to lose the proper control of his limbs or his tongue, it brought a 
stigma upon him in the community, from which he rarely recovered. His wife was 
one of a family of eleven children, and was the first to die, aged 77 years. The 
youngest of the eleven was present at her funeral — his age was 55; he died in 
Strongsville, Ohio. He d. Apr. 28, 1842; res. Shrewsbury, Mass., Marlboro, Vt., and 
Strongsville, Ohio. 


1865. i. Sally, b. Aug. 10, 1774; m. in 1790 Joseph Olds, Esq. She d. Cir- 

cleville, O., Nov. 19. 1840. He was b. Apr. 26, 1769, in Granville, 
Mass.; d. July 29, 1844, at Lithopolis, O. Ch.: Lorenzo Hough- 
ton, b. June 24, 1812; m. Mar. 25, 1835, Anna W. Robbitts; res. 
Springfield, O.; Roxey, b. June 4, 1814; m. 1837, Israel Gregg; 
res. Grand Rapids, Mich.; Cbauncey Newell, b. Feb. 2, 1816; m. 
1838, Caroline Woodruff; m. 2d Sept. 9, 1852, Mary Bliss Will- 
iams, b. July 17, 1830; d. Jan. 1, 1889. He d. Feb. 11, 1890. He 
moved to Ohio with his parents in 1820; A. B., Oxford, O., 1836; 
professor there, Greek and Latirl, 1836-40; A. M., Oxford, 1839; to 
Circleville, O., 1840; Ohio House of Representatives, 1848-49; 
Ohio State Senate, 1849-50; moved to Columbus, 1856; mem- 
ber Ohio bar, 1842; attorney-general Ohio, 1865-66; LL. D., 
Marietta, 1867; trustee Oxford University, 1848-70, by election 
of legislature; trustee Lane Theological Seminary, 1871 to 1890 
delegate to Pan-Presbyterian council, Edinborough, 1877; dele- 
gate to Pan-Presbyterian council, Philadelphia, 1880; member 
general assembly Presbyterian church, 1863, 1870, 1878; commis- 
sioner of exemption from draft, Ohio, 1864; died Columbus, O., 
Feb. 11, 1890. Ch.: William W., b. Nov. 22, 1838; adj.-general, 
Garfield's staff, 42d Ohio Vols. Inftry; killed before Vicksburg 
May, 1863; Mary Gore, b. Sept. 23, 1847; m. Dr. Edmund C. 
Lewis; res. Canal Dover, O.; Frank Williams, b. June 19, 1853; 
m. Dec. 10, 1889, Harriet E. Nash, b. Aug. 12, 1855; res. Will- 
iamstown, Mass. He was born in Circleville and moved to 
Columbus, 1855; grad. Williston Seminary, Easthampton, 
Mass., 1872; A. B., Williams College, 1876; to N. Y. City, 1876; 
M. D., Columbia College (Col. Physicians and Surgeons), 1880; 
house surgeon, Bellevue Hospital, N. Y., 1881-82; memb. N. Y. 
County Med. Soc, 1882-92; fellow, N. Y. Academy Medicine, 

1883 ; memb. N. Y. Historical Society, 1890 ; memb. 

N. Y. Chapt. Sons of the Revolution, 1892 ; removed to Will- 

iamstown, Mass., Nov., 1892, physician; William Ross, b. Aug. 11, 
1791; m. Barbary Pratt. He d. July 15, 1861; Amasa Minley, b. 
Feb. 16, 1793; m. Nov. 22, 1814, Lephe Winchester, and d. Sept. 
20, 1838; Joseph, b. Oct. 25, 1794; m. Almira A. Olds, and d. Apr. 
27, 1847; Edson, b. Mar. 22, 1797; d. Feb. 22, 1799; Chester, b. 
Oct. 24, 1798; m. Phila Adams, and d. July 21,1862; Sally, b. 
Oct. 5, 1800; d. Jan. 18, 1809; Edson Baldwin, b. June 3, 1802; m. 
Ann Maria Carollus, and d. Jan. 24, 1869; Gamaliel, b. Nov. 28, 
1803; m. Minerva Howe, and d. Jan. 26, 1894; Jonas Whitney, b. 
July 17, 1805; m. Mary Ann Walker, and d. Sept. 30, 1832; Ben- 
jamin Smith, b. May 6, 1807; m. Theresa Herron, and d. Nov. 
12, 1862; Sally Houghton, b. Nov. 4, 1810; d. Aug. 21, 1811; Ly- 
man Newton, b. July 16, 1819; m. Minerva Adams, and d. Apr. 
26, 1875, at Circleville, O. 

1866. ii. CiNDA, b. Apr. 18, 1776; m. Nathan Britain. 

1867. iii. Lucy, b. Jan. 22, 1778; m. June 23, 1809, Gen. Jonathan Smith. She 

d. Apr. 9, 1836. 

1868. iv. TAMAR,b. July 9, 1779; m. John T. Strong. 

1869. V. Jonas, b. Mar. 16. 1781; d. Apr. 4, 1781. 

1870. vi. Julia, b. Sept. 10, 1782; d. Aug. 27, 1786. 

1871. vii. Irene, b. July 19, 1784; m. July 22, 1802. Elijah Lyman Clark, son 

of Rev. Dr. Gershom. She d. Strongsville, O., Sept. 27, 1820. 

1872. viii. Roxey, b. May 10, 1786; m. Sept. 25, 1808, Rev. Ira M. Olds. She 

d. Jan. 26, 1813. 

1873. ix. Julia, b. Apr. 21, 1788; m. Apr. 27, 1811, Rev. Gamaliel S. Olds. 

She d. Circleville, O. Among the first who settled in Ohio were 
John Strong, accompanied or soon followed by Bowen, Lyman, 
Whitney and others, who located in Strongsville— naming it 
thus in honor of Mr. Strong, the original purchaser. The Rev. 
Gamaliel Olds and his brother Joseph Olds, Esq., and their 
families removed to Circleville about fifty years ago. Among 
the children of Joseph was the late Hon. Edson B. Olds, Dr. 


Chester Olds, and Judge Chauncey N. Olds, all well known in 

1874. X. Jonas, b. June 20, 1791; m. Dec. 6, 1812, Lovicey Houghton, dau. 

of Capt. Nahum, and res. Marlboro. 

1875. xi. Lyman, b. Dec. 2, 1793; d. May 20, 1826. He was graduated at 

Middlebury college in 1817, and at Andover Theological Sem- 
inary in 1821; was ordained a Congregational minister at 
Columbia, Conn., in 1821, and died a home missionary at Ash- 
ville, N. C. 

1876. xii. Dewey, b. Oct. 3, 1796. 

764. Phinehas Whitney (Joshua, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John), b. 
Spencer, Mass., June 24, 1740; m. at Worcester, May 20, 1770, Sarah Harington, of 

Phineas lived in Spencer, Mass. Afterwards moved to Dudley, Worcester Co.^ 
Mass.; then moved and finally settled near German Flats, N.Y. He was a chair 
maker. His son Elisha settled in Stockbridge, Mass., on the homestead of his 
grandfather Wilson; res. Spencer and Dudley, Mass., and Oswego, N. Y., near 
Mohawk River. 

1877. i. Elisha, b. ; res. Stockbridge, Mass. 

1878. ii. Joseph, b. 1777; m. in Herkimer, N. Y., Sylvia Woodbury. He d. 

Feb. 28, 1870; res. Vernon, N. Y. 

1879. iii. Lyman, b. . 

1880. iv. Franklin, b. . 

1881. v. Sally, b. 

1882. vi. Phinehas, b. Mar. 10, 1788; m. Martha Mattison and Deborah 


765. Dea. Lemuel Whitney (Joshua, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John), b. 
Leicester, Mass., in 1743; m. in 1769, Thankful Griffeth, b. Plymouth, Mass., 1745; d. 
1818. He lived successively in Spencer, Mass., Tolland, Conn., and Springfield, Vt. 
He and all his brothers and all his brothers-in-law were in the Revolutionary army, 
but perhaps his chief help to the country was in the manufacture of saltpetre, which 
was made into gunpowder. This he made, both in Mass. and Conn., from earth dug 
from under old buildings. He was both a farmer and carpenter, and after he went 
to Vermont he engaged in the manufacture of brick, of rope and of chairs. He was 
a man of strong faith and religious character and much interested in the Congrega- 
tional church in S., of which he was the first deacon. The church rates then were 
mostly paid in wheat and cattle, and Mr. W. used to redeem these with money 
received from his manufactures and send them to Boston receiving money again, 
an almost unknown article to the average farmer in the new state then. I suppose 
the amount he received would seem small to the modern farmer, but it was comfort, 
if not wealth, then. He died Feb. 1, 1813, of epidemic pneumonia. He was a man 
of large frame and great endurance. It is said that he once walked from Springfield, 
Vt., to Spencer, Mass., a distance of 80 miles, in a day. His wife was small, fair, 
with auburn hair, a shrewd, capable woman and a notable housewife. She was of 
Welch descent. He d. Feb. 18, 1813; res. Leicester, Mass., Tolland, Conn., and 
Springfield, Vt. 

1883. i. John, b. Oct. 20, 1774; m. Elizabeth Safford. 

1884. ii. Cyrus, b. Sept. 20, 1770; m. Ruth Mayo. 

1885. iii. Benjamin, b. in 1774; m. Betsey Bragg. 

1886. iv. Lemuel, b. Jan. 3, 1779; m. Mrs. Ellen Kimball. 

1887. V. Sally, b. Sept. 29, 1780; m. in Springfield, Daniel Safford. Sally 

Whitney moved with her husband to Essex Co., N. Y., about 
1818, and settled on an extensive: farm one mile west of Whalons- 
burgh. She was a woman beloved by all who knew her; an 
exemplary Christian, and member of the Presbyterian church. 
Ch.: Parmelia H., b. Dec. 11, 1808; d. Sept. 11, 1811; Whitney, 
b. July 29. 1806; m. Ruth Mather, res. Whalonsburgh, N. Y.;. 
Henrietta M., b. Jan. 24, 1811 ; d. unm., Sept. 14, 1833; Thankful 
R., b. June 22, 1813; m. Orrin' Reynolds, d. Essex, N, Y., Sept. 
20, 1870, son W. A., res. Whalonsburgh; Lydia L., b. Sept. 
17, 1815; d. unm. Feb. 6, 1878; Daniel Henry, b. Dec. 22, 1817; d.. 
Sept. 29, 1831; W^m. E., b. May 27, 1820; d. Apr. 28, 1826. 

1888. vi. Elijah, b. July 3, 1788; m. Susannah Oaks and Susan James. 

1889. vii. Joseph, b. Feb. 21, 1786; m. Orinda Stafford. 












767. Elisha Whitney (Joshua, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John), b. in 1747; 
m. Esther Clark. He was in the Revolutionary war in the company from Spencer, 
commanded by Capt. Green; res. Stockbridge, Mass. 

1890. Sally, b. Oct. 12, 1788. 

768. John Whitney (Joshua, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John), b. Leicester, 
Mass., Klay 5, 1751; m. Rachel Hiscock; b. in 1760; d. June 80, 1824. 

John Whitney resided in Westfield, Mass.,for two years, then moved to Hoboken, 
N. Y. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary war one year. Was present at the 
surrender of Burgoyne. He d. Sept. 19, 1828; res. Westfield, Mass., and Rochester, 
N. Y. 

1891. i. Warham, b. Apr. 27, 1786; m. Nancy Mordoff. 

1892. ii. John, b. May 5, 1795; m. Nancy Van Tuyl. 

- 1893. iii. Nancy, b. Dec. 1, 1782; m. James Smith, She d. Nov. 24, 1819; 
res. Mass. 
1894. iv. Susannah, b. July 27, 1784; m. Jahaziel Janes. She d. Dec. 12, 
1849; res. Greece, N. Y. They had a son Warham and a dau. 
who m. a Mr. Little, and res. in San Francisco, Cal. Other ch. 
were George and Laura. 
Alanson, b. Mar. 31, 1797; m. Catherine Voorhies. 
JARED, b. Oct. 6, 1790. 
Samuel, b. May 10, 1788. 
William, b. Apr. 30, 1803; d. Oct. 17, 1823. 
Electa, b. Sept. 15, 1792; m.Liley Glazier. She d. Mar. 26, 1840. 

770. Joshua Whitney (Joshua, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John), b. in 1758; 
m. in Spencer, June 7, Hi-'l, Esther Prouty; b. Spencer, Mass., June 11, 1764; d. 
Langdon, N. H.; m. 2d in 1790, Electa Sawtell. 

Joshua Whitney settled in Langdon, N. H., where he buried his first wife; then 
moved to Cavendish, Vt., where he married Miss Sawtell. From there he went to 
the Genesee river in New York, and located at Pike in 1815. Served in the war of 
the Revolution two years from Spencer, Mass., in the company from that town; was 
in two battles previous to the capture of Burgoyne, and was present at his surrender. 

Washington Whitney, of East Middletown, Dane Co., Wis., and Dr. Joshua 
Whitney, of Emmettsburg, la., are descendants of Joshua and Electa. He d. Nov. 
18, 1850; res. Spencer, Mass., Langdon and Dalton, N. H., Cavendish, Vt., and Pike, 
N. Y. 

1900. i. Charles, b. . 

1901. ii. Asahel, b. . 

1902. iii. Abigail, b. . 

774. Oliver Whitney (David, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John), bap. Natick, 
June 9, 1745; m. at Natick, Mass., Hannah Chase; d., ae. 85, in Cavendish, Vt. 

Oliver Whitney was born in Natick, Mass., where he resided with his parents. 
His father died when he was 14 years of age, in 1759; three years later, in 1762, 
Josiah Newell was appointed his guardian by the Suffolk County Probate Court. He 
was baptized in Natick by Rev. Oliver Peabody. During the Revolutionary war he 
took part, enlisting in one of the Natick companies. He d. in 1815; res. Nelson^ 
N. H., and Cavendish, Vt. 

1903. i. Polly, b. Mar. 3, 1781, Nelson, N. H.; m. Jan. 8, 1804, in Still- 

water, N. Y., George Buck. He d. Sept. 10, 1837; was a mill- 
wright by trade. She d. Sept. 16, 1863; res. Malta, N. Y. Ch.: 
Elmira, b. Sept. 26, 1820; m. Jan. 1, 1856, James Hawkins; res. 
Ballston Spa, N. Y. 

1904. ii. Betsey, b. ; d. unm. 

1905. iii. Hannah, b. ; m. David Saunders; had one dau.; gr.-son 

Henry in Cav. 

1906. iv. Prudence, b. Jan. 11, 1793; m. July 20, 1820, Charles Witherell. 

He was b. Mar. 10, 1792; d. Dec. 11, 1873; was a farmer and 
Seventh Day Adventist. Ch.: Charles C, b. May 20, 1822; m. July 
14, 1853; d. Dec. 23, 1865; Maria L., b. Oct. 28, 1823; m. S. W. 
Jenkins Aug. 26, 1851; d. Mar. 15, 1880; S. Eveline, b. Aug. 5,. 
1827; m. W. I. Gibson, Apr. 3, 1856; res. Iroquois, So. Dak. 

1907. V. Sally, b. ; d. unm. 

1908. vi. Olive, b. ; m. Fletcher. Her dau. is Mrs. Mary B. 

Osborn; res. Weston, Vt. 


1909. vii. John, b. Jan. 21, 1784; m. Mary Spaulding. 

1910. viii. Mehitable, b. ; d. unm. 

1911. ix. James, b. ; d. unm. 

1912. X. Oliver, b. ; m. and d. s. p.; had a son Charles, who d. early. 

1913. xi. Lucy, b. ; d. young. 

776. Ephraim Whitney (David, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John), bap. 
Natick, Mass., May 29, 1747; m. there June 11, 1771, Sarah Wood. 

He was in the Revolutionary war; was a minute-man in Mann's company, 
of Col. Ballard regiment, at the Bunker Hill "alarm." Later he was in Capt. 
Morse's company, and still later in Capt. Gardner's company, of Col. Brook's regi- 
ment at White Plains, and the campaign in New York. He d. June 26, 1832; res. 
Natick Mass. 

1914. i. George, b. Feb. 22, 1772; m. Miriam Hunt. 

1915. ii. David, b. Sept. 13, 1776; d. in Scottsville, N. Y., in 1854. His 

descendants reside in Painesville, Ohio. 

1916. iii. Mehitable, b. Aug. 22, 1773; m. John Hunting; res. Haver- 

straw, N. Y. 

1917. iv, Sarah, b. Dec. 24, 1783. 

1918. V. Bela, b. ; d. Dec. 14, 1794. 

781. William Whitney (William, William, Nathaniel, John, John), b. Apr. 10, 
1736, in Weston; m. June 14, 1762, Mary Mansfield, of Weston; d. Dec. 17, 1815. 

William Whitney settled in Winchendon about 1774, going to that place from 
Weston, Mass. He early took a prominent place in the affairs of the new town, and 
during the Revolutionary war was chosen by his fellow citizens one of a committee 
to hire men for the army. In 1781 he was chosen a committee to carry out the 
resolves of the General Court, respecting cattle. His farm was well stocked with 
horses and cattle, and according to the history of Winchendon, he was the best judge 
of cattle in the town. He was a great government man, and during the excitement 
preliminary to the Shays rebellion, when the feeling ran high, did all he could to 
assist the local authorities. It is stated, when the town drummer began his rounds to 
hunt up soldiers for volunteers, it was to both sides a moment of painful suspense; 
all voices were hushed, but the resolution of William Whitney soon changed the 
scene. Addressing his son, Phin, who was afterward Capt. Phinehas, he said aloud, 
"Turn out, Phin!" Immediately Phin stepped from the ranks and followed the 
drummer. It was a bold example, but it had its influence, for one after another 
stepped out until the required number of men were raised. In 1786 he was chosen 
on the committee of twelve to attend to the erection of school houses. In 1791 he 
was selected one of the committee to decide on the site for the new meeting house. 
He d. July 10, 1817; res. Winchendon, Mass. 

1919. i. William, b. in 1765; m. Anna Heywood. 

1920. ii. Phinehas, d. Apr. 1, 1766; m. Phebe Stearns and Bethiah Barrett. 

1921. iii. Mary, b. Apr. 10, 1773; m. Oct. 7, 1799, Benjamin Heywood, b. 

July 10, 1773; d. Feb. 14, 1849. She d. Oct.l, 1862; farmer; res. 
Gardner. Benjamin inherited his father's farm. He was for 
many years the town treasurer and was highly respected and 
influential in town affairs. His children were Levi, Benjamin 
F., Walter, William, Seth and Charles. He died in 1849, in his 
77th year. Of his children, Charles died at the age of six years; 
Benjamin F. died in 1844, having been engaged successfully 
since his majority as a trader, and a part of the time, as a manu- 
facturer of chairs; William died in 1873, in Boston, where he 
had resided since 1830, and had been engaged in business there 
and in Charlestown, with success till 1855, in which year he 
retired from business. Ch.: Levi, b. Dec. 10, 1800; m. Martha 
W. Wright and d. July 21, 1882. Levi Heywood was born in 
^ Gardner, Dec. 10, 1800. His early advantages for education 

were only those usually enjoyed by the children and youth at 
that time in rural towns, with the addition of two terms at the 
academy in New Salem, Mass. The diligent improvement of 
these opportunities fitted him for the vocation of a school 
teacher, in which he was engaged in his native town and in the 
adjoining town of Winchendon during the winters 1820-21-22. 
In the spring of the latter year he went to Rochester, N. Y., 


and was employed there about a year in stone work by contract. 
Returning in 1823 to Gardner, he entered into partnership with 
his brother Benjamin, in the very miscellaneous business of a 
country store. This relation he continued till the year 1829. In 
1826 he commenced in Gardner, the manufacture of wood-seated 
chairs. In 1831 he went to Boston and opened a store for the 
sale of chairs, in which'business he continued till 1886. He also, 
in connection with William R. Carnes and his brother William, 
under the firm style of Heywood & Carnes, started a mill for 
sawing veneers from mahogany, etc., in Charlestown. This mill 
was burned in 1835. He then returned to Gardner and entered 
into partnership with his brother Walter, who, with others, had 
been for some years engaged in the manufacture of chairs, on 
part of the premises now occupied by Heywood Bros. & Co. 
The veneer mill in Charlestown was rebuilt and Mr. Levi Hey- 
wood retained his interest in it until 1849. The business of the 
new firm in Gardner was conducted with success, the manufac- 
ture being mainly by hand, the only machinery being the ordi- 
nary turning lathe and circular saws, which were operated by 
water power obtained from the pond now known as Crystal 
Lake. In 1841 it occurred to Levi Heywood that machinery 
specially adapted to the various processes of manufacture 
might be introduced to advantage. His brother, of a more con- 
servative disposition, hesitated to leave the well worn paths in 
which they were achieving reasonable success. This difference 
of opinion led to a dissolution of partnership, Levi purchasing 
his brother's interest. He at once gave his thoughts and labor 
to the devising and construction of special machinery, as well 
as to the introduction of different kinds of wood-working ma- 
chinery, which were already in use for other purposes, and were 
also adapted to his purpose. In the successful carrying out of 
this idea, he inaugurated a new era in the chair manufacture, 
and herein manifested much enterprise, together with the 
fertility of resource, mechanical skill and inventiveness, and 
the purpose to introduce constantly new and valuable features, 
both in methods of manufacture and in style of product, which 
have always characterized him and have been large elements of 
his success. As an instance of his originality in the matter of 
mechanical devices, it may be said that as early as 1835 he con- 
ceived the idea of the new band saw, now universally adopted 
as one of the most valuable tools in wood-work. The idea was 
original with him, though not really novel, for as early as 1808, 
Wm. Newberry, of London, Eng., had conceived the same idea 
and made a crude model of a band sawing machine but did 
nothing more with it. So thoroughly were its advantages antici- 
pated by Mr. Heywood. that he consulted with B. D. Whitney, 
of Winchendon, and with Charles Griffiths, of Welch & Griffiths, 
of Boston, as to the feasibility of constructing a machine of the 
kind. Both of these gentlemen, experts in such matters, 
agreed that with the quality of saw blades then made, or any 
known methods of uniting them so as to make an endless band, 
the idea could not be successfully carried out. As is well 
known, M. Purin, of Paris, France, has since that time accom- 
plished what Mr. Heywood so many years before conceived to 
be both desirable and feasible. In 1844, on the first day of July, 
he received into partnership Gen. Moses Wood, then of Provi- 
dence, and afterward president of the Rollstone Bank of Fitch- 
burg, and his brother Seth, the style of the firm being Heywood 
& Wood. This partnership continued till July 1,1849. At that 
date Gen. Wood retired from the firm and Messrs. Calvin Hey- 
wood and Henry C. Hill were admitted, the style of the firm 
being changed to L. Heywood & Co. Mr. Heywood, in addition 
to his business relations as the head of the firm of Heywood 
Bros. & Co., has since 1847 been a partner with Hon. W. B. 
Washburn, of Greenfield, Mass , in the manufacture of chairs 


and wooden ware at Erving, Mass., the style of the firm being 
Washburn & Heywood. They are also largely engaged in the 
manufacture and sale of lumber, owning about 3,000 acres of 
woodland in Erving, Northfield and New Salem. At this point 
it is proper to refer to the inventions of Mr. Heywood, which 
have been mostly to meet the demands of his own business, 
and have largely contributed to its success. Among them may 
be named one for a wood chair seat, one for tilting-chair, three 
for machines for splitting, shaving and otherwise manipulating 
rattan, and four for machinery for bending wood. He has also 
invented a very valuable process (not immediately connected 
with his own business, but of -value to it, as utilizing in a new 
direction the pith of the rattan after stripping the enamel from 
it) for injecting rattan with india rubber or other suitable 
material, thus making an excellent substitute for whalebone. 
Of the merits of his wood-bending process, it maybe proper to 
introduce the testimony of M. Fr. Thonet, of Vienna, Austria, 
the head of the largest chair manufacturing firm in the world, 
employing some 5,000 operative. After visiting the factories of 
Messrs. Heywood he wrote: " I must tell you candidly that you 
have got the best machinery for bending wood that I ever 
saw, and I will say that I have seen and experimented a great 
deal in the bending of wood." The Heywood patents have been 
combined with those of John C. Morris, of Cincinnati, on which 
the patents of Blanchard have, after protracted litigation, been 
decided to be infringements. The combined patents, owned by 
Morris & Heywood Wood-bending Co., it is believed, cover the 
really effective methods for bending wood. Mr. Heywood, in 
addition to his large personal business, he having retained to 
his present time, though now in his 78th year, the supervision 
in all its details of the mechanical department of the business, 
including the adaptation and construction of new machinery 
and devices for greater economy and perfection of manufac- 
ture, has been very active in public enterprises. He repre- 
sented the town in the convention for revising the constitution 
of the state in the year 1863, and in the lower branch of the 
Legislature in 1871. He has been a director in the Gardner 
National Bank and a trustee of the Gardner Savings Bank 
from the organization of those institutions. Mr. Heywood is 
not personally identified, by membership, with any church. A 
regular attendant, however, of the Congregational Church in 
Gardner, he is a liberal contributor to its current expenses, 
and responds cheerfully and liberally to the calls of benevo- 
lence. He is also largely interested in educational matters, 
and personally in the schools and has made liberal donations 
of land and otherwise, to the town in this direction. Respected 
in the highest degree for personal integrity and excellence of 
his character in all the relations of life, his example is for good 
to the large number of his employes and to the community by 
which he has been long looked up to as its wealthiest and 
most influential citizen; Benjamin F., b. Jan. 10, 1802; m. Sarah 
Comee, and d. Apr. 2, 1843; Walter, b. Feb. 13, 1804; m. Nancy 
Foster, and d. Aug. 1, 1880. Walter Heywood, founder of the 
Walter Heywood Chair Com.pany, of Fitchburg, and its presi- 
dent from the first, died in Fitchburg, Aug. 1, 1880. Mr. Hey- 
wood was born at Gardner, Feb. 13, 1804. He was a lineal 
descendant of one of the Pilgrim families who came over in 
the Mayflower. His grandfather, Seth Heywood, went from 
Sterling to Gardner about 1773, and was one of the first settlers 
of the town. During the Revolutionary war he was an officer 
in the continental army at Cambridge for nine months. He 
was a man of superior mind, his range of reading was very wide, 
and his memory was remarkably refentive. Mr. Heywood was 
the son of Benjamin and Mary (Whitney) Heywood, and was 
the third of a family of six sons. He attended the schools of 


his native town, and worked on his father's farm till nearly 20 
years of age. In 1824 he began work as an apprentice in James 
M. Comee's chair shop jn Fitchburg, but the same year he 
began business for himself, driving to Boston as often as he 
had a horse load finished, and selling them. The Fitchburg 
Sentitiel says of Mr. Hey wood, and the growth of the chair 
business in Fitchburg: 

In 1827 his brother William commenced working with him 
and they employed from 15 to 20 hands. In 1880 he formed a 
partnership with three others, his brother, Benjamin F., who had 
been a merchant in Gardner, Moses Wood, afterward president 
of the Rollstone Bank, and James W. Gates. The firm carried 
on the chair business, and opened a store in Gardner for the 
sale of groceries and dry goods. They also estabHshed a store 
in Boston for the sale of chairs. The business was successfully 
conducted in its various branches till about 1835, when the part- 
nership was dissolved, Messrs. Wood and Gates retiring from 
the firm, and Mr. Heywood severed his relation with the store 
at Boston. A new company was formed, consistmg of Levi, 
Benjamin F., Walter and William Heywood and W. R. Carnes. 
A large shop was erected on land now occupied by the facto- 
ries of Heywood Brothers & Co., and the company entered into 
the manufacture of chairs on an extensive scale. In 1841 Wal- 
ter Heywood sold his interest in the business and removed to 
Fitchburg. In company with Leander P. Comee he, in 1842, 
built the block on Main street more recently known as Sprague 
& Comee's block, and in 1842 the firm opened a store for the 
sale of dry goods, groceries, hardware and other merchandise 
at the salesrooms now occupied by L. Sprague & Co. In the 
fall of 1844 the firm hired a part of the "Old Red Mill " on 
West street, since used as a cotton factory by H. W. Pitts & 
Son, and commenced to manufacture chairs, employing about 
ten hands. In 1846 the chair business was removed to the 
upper story of a new building which Alvah Crocker had erected 
on Water street, on the spot now occupied by the Fitchburg 
Steam Engine Company's shop. This shop was burned Dec. 7, 
1849, and the firm lost heavily by the fire. The partnership was 
then dissolved, and Mr. Heywood directed his whole attention 
to the manufacture of chairs. Mr. Crocker erected a new build- 
ing, 130x40 feet and three stories high, on the site of the burned 
shop, and Mr. Heywood hired the whole of the new building. 
In 1852 he received as partners Alton Blodgett, who had entered 
his employ in 1833, and who continued a member of the com- 
pany until his death, Sept. 19, 1878; Lovell Williams, still a 
member of the company, and George E. Towne, who continued 
with the company till 1874, when he disposed of his interest to 
H. A. Blood. G. H. Spencer, the present superintendent of the 
works, was admitted to the firm in 1864. Soon after the new 
company was formed they erected two large buildings in the 
rear of the shop, on land leased of Mr. Crocker, and with in- 
creased facilities they greatly enlarged their business. In 1856 
the firm opened a foreign trade, which eventually extended to 
England and the continent of Europe, the West Indies, South 
America, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, China and Japan, 
The Walter Heywood Chair Company was organized as a stock 
company under a special act of the legislature. May 31, 1869, 
with a capital of 1240,000. On the night of July 21, 1870, the 
most destructive conflagration that ever visited Fitchburg laid 
the entire establishment in ruins. F ortunately the loss on the 
chair company's property was fully covered by insurance, and 
preparations were made shortly after the fire to rebuild the 
works on a scale unprecedent^ed in this branch of manufactures. 
The location of this important industry excited much interest. 
A lot of nine acres on River street was at length purchased, and 
the present commodious buildings were erected. At present 


the company employs 300 hands besides seaters, and a capital 
to the amount of between $600,000 and $700,000 is required. 
The company has mills for preparing stock at Barton, V^t., and 
has stores at New York and Boston for the sale of their products. 
As the result of close application to business Mr. Heywood 
accumulated a handsome property. He made large invest- 
ments in the manufacturing interests of the city, and his counsel 
was sought in the management of concerns in which he was 
interested. He was formerly one of the largest stockholders in 
the Putnam Machine Company, and has been a director since 
1867. In 1866 he purchased an interest in the Fitchburg Iron 
Foundry, and at his death was senior member of the firm Hey- 
wood, Wilson & Co. He has been a director of the Fitchburg 
Machine Company since 1870, and was a partner in the Fitch- 
burg Machine Works since the company was organized in 1877. 
He was a director of the Burleigh Rock Drill Company since 
its organization in 1867, a director of the Fitchburg State or 
National Bank for 37 years, a trustee of the Fitchburg 
Savings Bank from its organization, May 12, 1846, till June 21, 
1877. He was also town treasurer of Gardner from 1834 till his 
removal to Fitchburg in 1841. He retained his vigor to a 
remarkable degree, and his mind was clear and active till a few 
days previous to his death. His success in business was the 
growth of patient years of toil rather than any series of brilliant 
exploits. He was no adventurer in doubtful projects, but his 
energies and his counsels were always in the line of discretion 
and prudence. If ever his judgment was waived in business 
matters, it was generally observed in the end that his views were 
sound and reliable, and would have yielded the largest measure 
of success. He was plain and unostentatious, solving his prob- 
lems by a careful process of reasoning, rather than by jumping 
at conclusions. He was conservative, persevering, yet ener- 
getic, and thorough in everything he undertook. From the one- 
horse load of chairs which he made in 1824 his business grew 
until he was president of the largest chair manufacturing 
establishment in the world. He established a reputation for 
integrity which was world wide and commanded the confidence 
of the leading houses in his line of business in all quarters of 
the globe. The Heywood chairs are as familiarly known in 
Africa, Australia and South America as in Boston, New York 
or San Francisco. Mr. Heywood was fortunate in calling 
around him a class of men who rendered great assistance in the 
management of the extensive business. His associates, with 
few exceptions, grew up with the business under his training. 
He leaves a widow, also two daughters, Mrs. William O. Brown 
and Mrs. D. A. Corey. His first wife, whom he married in 1828, 
died Aug. 1, 1861, just 19 years previous to his decease. Will- 
iam, b. Nov. 9, 1808; m. Frances Shuttleworth; d. Jan. 10, 1874; 
Seth, b. Nov. 12, 1812; m. Feb. 11, 1836, Emily Wright; res. 
Gardner; Charles, b. Mar. 10, 1818; d. Sept. 10, 1824. 

1922. iv. Joseph, b. May 20, 1775; m. Hannah Perley. 

1923. V. Amasa, b. June 16, 1777; m. Mary Goodridge. 

1924. vi. Sarah, b. Sept. 3, 1779; m. Jan. 12, 1802, Smyrna Bancroft; b. 

May 15, 1776; d. May 5, 1818. She d. ; res. Gardner. 

Ch.: Harvey M..b. May 1,1803; m. Betsey C. Glazier; Smyrna W., 
b. Dec. 13, 1804; m. Lucy Jackson; deacon and prominent citi- 
zen; res. Gardner; Mary E., b. Nov. 5, 1807; Sally W., b. Apr. 
13, 1810; Amasa, b. Mar. 16, 1812; m. Caroline A. Shunway; 
pres. Gardner Bank; Viola, b. Aug. 26, 1815. 

1925. vii. Luke, b. May 21, 1783; m. Cynthia Partridge. 

783. Rev. Phinehas Whitney (WMlliam, William, Nathaniel, John, John), b. 
Weston, Apr. 23, 1740; m. Apr. 28, 1762; Miriam Willard, b. 1740; d. May 20, 1769; 
m. 2d, Mar. 3, 1770, Lydia Bowes, a cousin of John Hancock; d. Oct. 11, 1805; m. 3d, 
Mrs. Jane Garfielc}, d. Mar. 4, 1824. 


It was some eight years after the meeting house in Shirley had been prepared 
for use before a ministry had been established, the pulpit, meantime, being supplied 
by transient preachers and regular candidates. On Feb. 25, 1762, Mr. Phinehas 
Whitney received an unanimous call to settle, on the following terms: First, he was 
to receive ;^133 6s 8d as a settlement, one-half to be paid in three months and the 
rest within a year. Second, he was to receive £h'6 13s 4d as a salary, to be raised to 
j^60 when the town should have seventy-five families. Third, he was annually to 
receive twenty cords of wood, to be cut and brought to his door. These preliminaries 
being adjusted, Mr. Whitney was ordained June 23, 1762. The ministry of Mr. Whit- 
ney, which lasted for more than half a century, was one of general peace and pros- 
perity. He had the confidence of his people, and between him and them a good de- 
gree of harmony was maintained. He was also favorably considered abroad, was 
frequently invited to sit in ecclesiastical councils, to assist in the settlement of clergy- 
men, and was noted for his decisions and firmness. In the trying period of the 
American Revolution, when the people of the town found themselves unable to pay 
his full salary, he bore the deprivations with calm resignation, and even contributed 
of his private resources toward the expense of the war what would have been an 
equitable tax on his property had that property been legally taxed. Mr. Whitney 
was a classmate and particular friend of Rev. Zabdiel Adams, of Lunenburg, and 
preached the funeral sermon at tht.- burial of that distinguished divine. In his doc- 
trinal views Mr. Whitney assented to many of the tenets that were imported in the 
Mayflower, yet maintained a becoming liberality toward fellow-Christians of other 
names. He seemed rooted and grounded in the noble principles of Armenian Con- 
gregationalism, and believed that on these principles the church militant could be 
most surely established. He was graduated from Harvard in 1759, and died in 1819, 
after having entered the fifty-seventh year of his ministry. For several of the later 
years of his life he was deprived, by paralysis, of ability to perform his pulpit labors, 
and had the assistance of a colleague from 1815 until within a few months of his death. 

Mrs. Whitney's father, Lieut. Moses Willard, was born in Lancaster about 1702. 
He resided in Groton on a farm near the Nonaicocius purchase and bounding in part 
on the brook. He purchased in Groton in 1723, and dwelt in that town until 1732. 
About 1733 he removed to Lunenburg and there joinedCaptain, afterward Col., Josiah 
Willard in obtaining from the Province of Massachusetts the grant of the town of 
Winchester and became one of the grantees. A new charter was obtained from the 
Province of New Hampshire in 1753, it having been ascertained to be within the 
limits of the latter province. Much of his time seems to have been passed in the 
new township and in guarding the frontier at Fort Dummer and Ashuelot. He was 
an earlv inhabitant of Charlestown No. 4, a frontier town particularly exposed to 
attack from the French and Indians. And it so happened in the old French war, 
that, on the 18th of June, 1756, when Lieut. Moses Willard with his son of the same 
name, was at work upon his farm, within sight of the fort, the Indians made a sudden 
attack upon them. -.The father fell mortally wounded. The Indians pursued the son 
and wounded him with a spear; but he succeeded in making his escape, carrying the 
spear with him into the fort. Lieut. Moses had two children and the sufferings of 
the family did not begin with the death of the father or the wound of the son. In 
Aug., 1754, on a previous attack the daughter Susannah, wife of James Johnson and 
her sister Miriam, a young girl of fourteen, afterward the wife of Rev. Phinehas 
Whitney, of Shirley, were with several others taken captive and carried through the 
wilderness to Canada. Mr. Johnson published a narration of her captivity, which 
contains many interesting recitals. Moses Willard was the son of Simon and Mary 
(W^hitcomb) Willard, and this Simon was a son of Henry and Mary (Lakin) Willard, 
and this Henry was the fourth son of Major Simon. He d. Dec. 13, 1819; res. Shir- 
ley, Mass. 

1926. i. Thomas, b. Mar. 19, 1771; m. Henrietta Parker. 

1927. ii. Nicholas B., b. Mar. 21, 1772; m. Ann Adams. 

1928. iii. Lydia, b. Sept. 8, 1773; m. Jan. 8, 1804, John Watson. She d. Feb. 

7, 1853, leaving 6 ch. 

1929. iv. Elizabeth, b. Nov. 8, 1775; m. May 1, 1808, Dr. Amos Parker of 

Bolton, Mass.; had 3 ch. 

1930. v. William, b. Oct 3, 1778; m. Elizabeth Fiske and Martha Sym- 


1931. vi. Rebecca Cook, b. Sept. 2, 1781; m. May 16, 1801, William B. 

Merriam; had 4 ch. Mrs. Deacon Merriam d. in Essex Village, 
N. Y. in 1874. She was the mother of Gen. Wm. S. Merriam 
who was father of Col. John L. Merriam of St. Paul, (he d. 



there Jan. 12, 1895; obituary in St. Paul Sunday Globe, Jan. 13, 
1895), who was the father of ex-Governor Wm. R. Merriam of 
St. Paul, ex-Governor of Minnesota. 

1932. vii. Phineas S., b. July 6, 1785; m. Lucy Cobb, Julia Robinson, and 

Eliza Collard He d. May 8, 1855, and left 3 ch. 

1933. viii. Sarah, b. Dec. 19, 1787; unm. 

1934. ix. Clarissa, b. Dec. 2, 1790; m. May 14, 1815, Henry Isaacs; had 3 


1935. X. Charles, b. Jan. 2, 1794; m. Dolly Davenport. 

793. Samuel Whitney (Samuel, William, Nathaniel, John, John), b. West- 
minster, Mass., Feb. 11, 1746; m. in Westminster, prob. June 30, 1784, Thankful 
Wilder. He d. in Westminster where he always resided, and she moved to Oswego, 
N. Y., and resided with her son Moses. He d. 1812; res. Westminster, Mass. 


Moses, b. May 19, 1789; m. Mary Paige. 

Pliney, b. Nov. 13, 1787; m. Caroline Dean. 

Smyrna, b. Mar. 5, 1786; m. Ruth Whitney. 

Salome, b. Jan. 10, 1792; m. Samuel Hale, of Fitchburg, Mass., 
b. Oct. 20, 1792. He was a farmer, member of the Calvanistic 
Congregational church and afterward of the Rollstone Congre- 
gational church; a Republican. He d. Feb. 1, 1880; she d. June 
25, 1880. Ch.: John Moses, b. Nov. 21, 1819; res. 169 Cambridge 
street, Brooklyn, N. Y.; Samuel Whitney, b. Apr. 2, 1822; m.and d. 
Oct. 16, 1890. Ex-Gov. Samuel Whitney Hale was born in Fitch- 
burg, Mass. His grandfather. Moses Hale, came to Fitchburg 
from old Newbury, and was a farmer by occupation. Samuel Hale 
was also a farmer. He was a director of the Citizens' Bank of 
Keene and of the Wachusett Bank in Fitchburg, Mass. His 
benefactions have been numerous and generous. While he was 
very reticent concerning such matters, it is well known that he 
had been instrumental in educating a Congregational clergy- 
man, a missionary, a physician, and a young lady, the latter at 
Holyoke seminary, in addition to which he gave at one time 
$12,000 toward building a Congregational church in Keene. On 
the 12th day of September, after a most exciting and hotly con- 
tested canvass, he received the Republican nomination as can- 
didate for governor. His election followed, and as governor he 
continued until 1885. Ch.: Wm. Samuel, b. Dublin, N. H., May 
IT, 1854. Educated at Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., and 
for a time studied at Yale College, but did not graduate. 
Engaged in manufacturing furniture with his father at Keene, 
N. H.; m. Oct. 10, 1883, Emma Wheeler Frost, b. Apr. 18, 1856, 
2d dau. of Hon. Rufus S. Frost, of Chelsea, Mass.; res. at Keene, 
N. H.; engaged in manufacturing. Ch.: Margaret, b. Mav 11, 
1887, at Keene, N. H.; Josephine, b. Oct. 21. 1889, at Keene, N. 
H.; Samuel Whitney, b. Apr. 12, 1891, at Keene, N. H.; Mary 
Louise Hale, b. at Dublin, N. H., Aug. 26, 1855. Educated at 
Abbot Academy, Andover, Mass. Lived with her parents in 
Keene, N. H., until her marriage, Oct. :-'0, 1884, to Rev. Wm. 
DeLoss Love, Jr. He was born at New Haven, Conn., Nov. 29, 
1851, being the second son of Rev. Wm. DeLoss Love, D. D. 
He was educated at Milwaukee Academy, Milwaukee, Wis., and 
graduated from Hamilton College, Clinton, N. Y., in the class of 
1873. After teaching two years at Leicester Academy, Leices- 
ter, Mass.. and the Broadway Grammar School, Norwich, Conn., 
he entered Andover Theological Seminary, Andover, Mass., and 
graduated in the class of 1878. He married, July, 1878, Ada 
Minerva Warren, of Leicester, Mass., who died without issue, 
May 31, 1881. He was ordained at Lancaster, Mass., Sept. 18, 
1878, and dismissed from that pastorate in July, 1881. After a 
year spent in travel, he served lor a time the Second Congrega- 
tional Church in Keene, N. H.; engaged in mercantile pursuits, 
and was the private secretary of Gov. Hale during his term in 
office. After his marriage to the daughter of Gov. Hale, he 
resumed the practice of his profession, and was installed as 

















pastor of the Pearl Street Congregational Church, in Hartford, 
Conn., May 6, 1885, where he has since resided. He was the first 
chaplain of the Conn. Society of the Sons of the American Revo- 
lution, of which he was one of the original members; is an inter- 
ested member of the Connecticut Historical Society and its cor- 
responding secretary, and a member of the American Antiqua- 
rian Society. He received the degree of Doctor of Philosophy 
from Hamilton College in 1894, and the same year was appointed 
a member of the Board of Park Commissioners of Hartford. 
Ch.: Mary Emelia, b. May 13, 1886, d. May 20, 1886; Marie 
Hale, b. July 9, 1887, d. July 21, 1889; Ethel Hay, b. Mar. 26, 
1889; Emma Rilda, b. Feb. 9, 1891; Wm. DeLoss, b. Nov. 22, 
1892; Henry Augustus Hale, b. May 13, 1825; address, 304 Pearl 
street, New York City; Mary Elizabeth Hale, b. May 2, 1828; 
lived with her parents at Fitchburg; unm.; d. June 30, 1879. 

794. Abner Whitney (Samuel. William, Nathaniel, John, John), b. West- 
minster, May 18, 1748; m. May 14, 1770, Elizabeth Glazier, of Shrewsbury; d. Apr. 3, 
1778; m. 2d Apr 22, 1779, Lavina (Glazier) Ward; b. May 9, 1752; d. July 23. 1838. 
He d. Sept., 1811, in West.; res. Westminster and Ashburnham, Mass. 
■ Oliver, b. Dec. 8, 1770; d. June 24, 1T94. 

John, b. July 28, 1772; m. Susanna Smith. 

Levi, b. Jan. 1, 1777; m. Phebe Warren. 

Jonas W., b. Apr. 22, 1780; m. Phebe Rand. 

Joseph G., b. June 22, 1783; m. Lavina Dunn. 

Elizabeth, b. Aug. 2, 1785; m. Lorey Barnes. 

DoLLV, b. Oct. 26, 1791; m. Vinal Dunn. 

Abel, b. May 14, 1793; d. unm., Apr. 28, 1852. 

796. Capt. Silas Whitney (Samuel, William, Nathaniel, John, John), b. Oct. 20, 
1752; m. Jan. 27, 1774, Sarah Withington, b. 1753. After her husband's death, in 1S20, 
she was the wife of Earle. 

Capt. Silas Whitney, son of Samuel and Abigail (Fletcher) Whitney, was b. in 
Westminster, Oct. 20, 1752. He m. Jan. 27, 1774, Sarah Withington, b. in Stow, 1753, 
dau. of William and Sarah (Lockej Withington. After his marriage he lived four 
years in Westminster. He sold his farm in that town in 1778 and purchased a large 
tract of land in the southeast part of Ashburnham. Here he soon became the lead- 
ing farmer in this vicinity. The size of his barns and granaries and the number of 
his horses and cattle are the living theme of tradition. He was a captain of the 
militia and was prominent in town affairs. In the midst of a life of industry and 
usefuness he d. at mid. age, Nov. 14, 1798. Mr. Gushing records his death with the 
remark that "he died suddenly after a few days of complaining, though not con- 
fined. He was sitting in a chair leaning on a table and sunk down, and almost im- 
mediately expired." The widow settled the estate and prudently managed the 
affairs in the interest of her children. She m. 2d, 1802, Thomas Earle, of Leicester, 
and d. in that town Jan. 12, 1820. There were four sons and twenty-four grandsons 
of Capt. Silas and Sarah (Withington) Whitney, and including the female lines the 
number of their descendants named in these registers is above two hundred. He d. 
Nov. 14, 1798; res. Ashburnham, Mass, 

1948. i. Susannah, b. Sept. 29, 1776; m. Apr., 1797, Josiah Brown; res. in 

Stow; a granddaughter is Mrs. Susie A. Dyer, res. 824 Colum- 
bus street, Ottawa, 111. Ch.: Silas, b. Dec. 12, 1797; d. unm., 
in Stow Mar. 4, 1856; Josiah, b. Jan. 21, 1799; Susan, b. July 2, 
1801; Ohio, b. Apr. 29, 1808; m. "Sarah Ellis; Horatio, b. July 25, 
1805; Nancy, b, Nov. 11, 1806; Reuben, b. Mar. 17, 1808; Sally, 
b. Sept. 17, 1811; Anna, b. May 7, 1815; m. Ephraim Ray, of 

1949. ii. Silas, b. Oct. 1, 1779; m. Hannah Gushing. 

1950. iii. Sarah, b. July 1, 1781 ; m. Nov. 27, 1800, Capt. Caleb Wilder, b. 

Mar. 22, 1773; d. Jan. 29, 1834. She d. June 14, 1820. He was 
Capt. of the Ashburnham Light Infantry, and often chosen to 
office in town affairs. Ch.: Samuel, b. Dec. 30, 1801; d. June 11, 
1817; Sarah, b. May 7, 1803; m. Silas Smith; res. Farmington, 
Iowa; Nancy, b. Nov. 19, 1806; m. David Laws; Silas W., b. Dec. 
13, 1808; d. Oct. 31, 1812; Caleb, b. Oct. 28, 1810; d. unm.; Silas 


W., b. July 26, 1814; m. Caroline Bishop; Abel T., b. Oct. 9, 
1816; d. Mar. 14, 1839; Dorothy C.b.June 16, 1819; m. Samuel 
Twombly; res. Iowa. 

1951. iv. Samuel, b. May 20, 1783; m. Abigail Wilder. 

1952. V. William, b. Aug. 5, 1785; m. Lucy Brooks and Mercy (Burgess) 

Bemis. ' 

1953. vi. Ohio, b. Mar. 22, 1789; m. Mary Bolton and Mrs. Dorothy (May- 

nard) Brown. 

1954. vii. Abigail, b. May 15, 1791; m. Nov. 8, 1807. Jesse Ellis, b. June 19, 

1789; d. July 17, 1870. She d. Jan. 24, 1869; res. Ashburnham, 
Mass. Ch.: Mary W., b. Mar. 19, 1809; m. Oliver G. Caldwell; 
Samuel, b. Apr. 1, 1811; m. Sarah W. Cushing; Wm. P., b. June 
31, 1813; m. Annes Green Randall and Mrs. Martha (Swain) 
Wellington; Obed, b. Mar. 13, 1815; m. Mercy Stoddard; Nancy, 
b. Sept. 3, 1817; m. Bailey Marble; Sarah, b. Jan. 20,1822; m. 
Ohio Brown; Lucy C, b. Dec. 11, 1824; m. Noyes B. Herrick; 
Susan B., b. Apr. 23, 1829; m. Jonathan A. Perham; Mary J., b. 
Aug. 13, 1833; m.Wm. H. Brown. 

1955. viii, Nancy, b. Nov. 19, 1794; m. Apr. 23, 1811, Laban Cushing; b. Apr. 

29, 1791; d. Oct. 17, 1847. She d. Jan. 27, 1871; res. Ash. Ch.: 
Nancy W., b. June 20, 1813, m. John Munroe; Sarah, b. May 18, 
1815; m. Samuel Ellis; Joseph, b. Oct. 6, 1817; m. Elmira Marble, 
Mary Ann Arnold, and Betsey Cushing; res. Fitchburg, Mass.; 
Laban, b. Mar. 22, 1820; m. Adaline Keyes; res. Fitchburg, Mass.; 
Rebecca A., b. Sept. 12. 1822, m. Isaac D.Ward; Susan A., b. 
Nov. 13, 1824; m. Jonas Corev; Mary J., b. Feb. 27, 1826; m. 
Gardner P. Hawkins; res. F.; Charles G., b. "Feb. 16, 1829; m. 
Jane E. Willard; Harriett M., b. Aug. 22, 1831; m. Porter E. 
Barton; Geo. R., b. Sept. 8, 1835: m. Julia Thompson; David 
M., b. Oct. 11, 1839; m. Ellen A. Foster; Hannah E., b. July 29, 
1841; m. Geo. S. Doe; res. Gt. Falls, N. H. 

798. Elisha Whitney (Samuel, William, Nathaniel, John, John), b. West- 
minster, July 2, 1757; m. in 1781, Eunice Seaver. He served in the Revolutionary 
army in the company commanded by Capt. Sargent; res. Westminster and Win- 
chendon, Mass. 

Orpha, b. Sept. 24, 1783. 

Joseph, b. Feb. 22, 1785. 

Norman S., b. Mav 22, 1791. 

Sarah, b. Nov. 26, 1787; d. May 11, 1789. 

Tryphena, b. Jan. 18, 1788. 

Tryphosa, b. Mar. 2, 1790. 

800. Phinehas Whitney (Samuel, William, Nathaniel, John, John), b. West- 
minster, Jan. 16, 1761; m. 1788, Elizabeth Rand. 

He settled in Westminster, on the northerly part of his father's estate, in the 
house now occupied by John C. Goodridge. Mr. Whitney sold the place to Jacob 
Sawyer, from whom it passed to Joel Whitney, and removed to Pittsford, Vt., where 
both he and his wife spent the remainder of their days. During the Revolutionary 
war he served in the company from Westminster, and some years after its close 
moved to Rutland Co., Vt., where he was grafted a pension Mar. 3, 1831, in his 
71st year; res. Westminster, Mass., and Pittsford, Vt. 
" John, b. July 28, 1793. 

Thomas, b. Mar. 18, 1795. 

Lydia, b. Mar. 30, 1788. 

Betsey, b. Dec. 27, 1789. 

Nancy, b. Sept. 21, 1791. 

801. Hananiah Whitney (Samuel, William, Nathaniel, John, John), b. West- 
minster, Dec. 18, 1762; m. Azabah Keyes, b. June 5, 1767. 

He was a resident of Westminster, and later was one of the tithingmen of 
Winchendon. During the Revolutionary war he served in one of the Winchendon 
companies. His will is dated Oct. 11, 1833, and probated Apr. 7, 1835. Capt. Mart 
Whitcomb was exec. He d. in 1835; res. Westminster and Winchendon, Mass, 
1967. i. Moses, b. Nov. 28, 1789; m. Sophia Cutler. 











































1968. ii. Hananiah, b. May 29, 1792; m. Mary L. Beals and Sarah Bea- 

Alpheus B., b. Mar. 8, 1794. 
AzuBAH B., b. Aug. 25, 1796; m. Henry Rand; res. Winchendon, 

Mass., and Madison, Wis. They had one son, Henry. The 

father d. at M. 
Artemus B., b. .Sept. 5, 1798. 
Stacy b ^— — ^— 
BERiNA,'b. Feb. 4, 1801. 
Esther B., b. June 13. 1803. 
Silas Stacy, b. June 27, 1805; m. Mary B. Gate. 
Levi P., b. Aug. 19, 1807. 

Samuel A., b. Nov. 10, 1809; m. . 

Abby Fletcher, b. Dec. 27, 1812. 

804. James Whitney (Samuel, Samuel, Nathaniel, John, John), b. Aug. 10, 
1753; m. at Newtown. Conn., Aug. 13, 1777, Eunice Johnson; b. Dec, 1756; d. Nov. 
17, 1822; m. 2d Mrs. Rhoda Peet. He served in the Revolutionary war; was a 
farmer and weaver. He d. May 21, 1841; res. Newtown, Conn. 

1979. i. Abraham J., b. Mar. 28, 1778; m. Philena Adams. 

1980. ii. Hannah Judson, b. Apr. 20, 1782; m. Major Samuel Chard; was 

in war of 1812; res. Haverstraw, N. Y. 
Zerah, b. June 10, 1784; m. Jane Demond. 
Ruth Ann, b. Nov. 7, 1785. 

Jerusha, b. Apr. 14, 1787; m. Henry Shenuck; res. Danby, N. Y. 
James L., b. May 29, 1789; m. Maria Cass. 
Sarah, b. Aug. 23, 1790; m. 1810, Amason Washburn; b. May 21, 

1789; blacksmith and farmer. She d. in Huron, O., Apr. 13, 

1859. He m. again; was in war of 1812. 
viii. Philo, b. Apr. 27, 1792; m. Jerusha Wheeler and Aurelia Wheeler, 

Ezra, b. Sept. 18, 1793; m. . 

Eli, h. Feb. 25, 1795; m. Dorcas Austin. 
Ethiel, b. May 6, 1796; m. Elizabeth Leonard. 
Abel, b. Sept. 23, 1797; m. Elvira Tryphosa Beecher. 

805. Samuel Whitney (Samuel, Samuel, Nathaniel, John, John), b. Oct. 9, 1757; 
m. 1783, Huldah Stilson. For seven years he was in the Revolutionary war. He d. 
Jan. 3, 1808; res. Newtown, Conn. 

John, b. July 29, 1784. 

Annie, b. Nov. 3, 1785. 

Thos. Judson, b. Oct. 4, 1787, 

Oliver, b. Apr. 22. 1789; d. unm. Dec. 6, 1828. 

Henry, b. Feb. 14, 1793; m. Betsey Hard. 

809. Isaac Whitney (Samuel, Samuel, Nathaniel, John, John), b. 1773; m. at 
Watertown, Conn., Jan. 15, 1798, Susannah Bryan; d. Mar. 16, 1861. 

They settled in Watertown, Conn., and m 1805 he purchased land of Jonathan 
Scott. He resided there until his death of the lake fever. After his death she dis- 
posed of the property, and in 1816 moved to Westerlo, N. Y., where she resided until 
1828, after which she resided with her daughter Sally, and died at her home in 
Clarkson, N. Y. He d. Jan. 14, 1807; res. Claverack, N. Y., and Watertown, Conn. 

1996. i. Sallie, b. Dec. 29, 1798; m. Apr. 20, 1820, Adam Snyder; b. June 

15, 1798; res. Clarkson, N. Y. She d. there Oct. 31, 1880. He 
d. Dec. 1, 1879; was a farmer. Adam and Sallie Snyder died 
and were buried in Clarkson, Monroe Co., N. Y. Ch.: Isaac 
Whitney, b. June 26, 1827; d. June 26, 1827, in Westerlo, Albany 
Co., N. v.; Henry Nettleton, b. May 24, 1831, in Clarkson, Mon- 
roe Co., N. Y.; m. in Unadilla, Mich., Oct. 18, 1876, to Carrie 
Eugenia Lyman; present address. Bureau of Pensions, Middle 
Dept., Washington, D. C. 

1997. ii. Susanna, b. Dec. 5, 1800; d. Mar., 1821, at W^esterlo, N. Y. 

1998. iii. Isaac John, b. Dec. 20, 1803; m. Martha Ann Rowell. 

811. Zachariah Whitney (Zachariah, John, Joseph, John, John), b. Jan. 16, 1747, 
in Woburn, Mass.; m. in Harvard, Aug. 18, 1774, Elizabeth Wetherbee. 

He made his will July 28, 1827. It was probated May 20, 1828. In it he gives 
































legacies to his grandsons, Joseph H. and Josiah B. Whitnfey, and Levina Eaton, 
widow of John Eaton, of Ashby; children of his son, Zachariah W., deceased, dau. 
Lydia Hastings, wife of Naaman Hastings; gr. dau., Betsey Stevens; daus., Betsey 
Marshall, Sally Watkins, Hannah Billings. John Turner was executor. He d. Apr. 
1828; res. Lunenburg, Mass. 


Zachariah, b. ; m. 

i. Betsey, b. -; m. Marshall. 

ii. Sally, b. ; m. Watkins. 

V. Hannah, b. ; m. Billings. 

2003. V. Lydia, b. Apr. 14, 1786; m. Sept. 1, 1809, Naaman Hastings; b. 
Nov. 20, 1787; d. Oct. 4, 1864. She d. Dec. 23, 1845; res. Lu- 

nenburg, Mass. Ch.: Hannah W., b. Apr. 1, 1810; m. Joseph 
Marshall, d. Jan. or Feb.l 1885; Lydia, b. June 12. 1811; m. John 
Ramsdell; res. Shirley Center, Mass.; a dau. is Mrs. Emily P. 
Hoating; res. Lunenburg, Mass.; Betsey, b. Feb. 25, 1813; d. 
Apr. 1, 1871; Thomas, b. Jan. 14, 1815; d. July 29, 1840; Naaman, 
b. Mar. 4, 1819; d. Mar. 17, 1865; Sarah W., b. Dec. 8, 1819; d. 
Aug. 14, 1821; Charles, b. Aug. 14, 1822; m. Abigail Proctor; 
William, b. July 28, 1824; d. Nov. 9, 1849; Henry J., b. Apr. 10, 
1830; m. Eliza W. Jewett, d. May 16, 1893. 

816. John Whitney (Zachariah, John, Joseph, John, John), b. Apr. 16, 1756; m. 
in 1775, Priscilla Battles, b. 1756; d. at Lunenburg Aug. 23, 1832. His son John was 
appointed exec, of his will July 6, 1819. He d. July 23, 1819; res. Lunenburg, Mass. 

2004. i. Zachariah, b. Feb. 10, 1777; m. Abigail Snow. 

2005. ii. ZiMRi, b. May 14, 1775; m. Susanna Sanderson. 

2006. iii. John, b. July 2, 1788; m. Sophia Faulkner and Mrs. Fanny (Howe) 


2007. iv. Sarah, b. May 26, 1791; m. Sept. 2, 1829, Peter Howe. 

823. Joseph Whitney (Joseph, Benjamin, Joseph, John, John), b. Mar. 18, 1738; 
m. July 3, 1760, Elizabeth Goddard. He served in the Weston Co. in the Revolu- 
tionary war. Administration was granted on his estate Nov. 4, 1784, to his widow 
Elizabeth. He d. 1784; res. Watertown, Mass. 

2008. i. Jonathan, b. . 

■ 2009. ii. Joseph, b. . 

2010. iii. David, b. . 

2011. iv. Elizabeth, b. . 

825. Jonathan Whitney (Joseph, Benjamin, Joseph, John, John), b. Apr. 12,. 
1743; m. Oct. 10, 1766, Susanna Norcross; bap. July 27, 1746. During the Revolu- 
tionary war he was in the Watertown company; res. Watertown, Mass. 

Susanna, b. May 23. 1766. 

Mary, b. Jan. 10, 1768. 

Jonathan, b. Dec. 16, 1769; m. Lucy Parks. 

Joseph, b. June 16, 1774. 

Samuel, b. May 6, 1776. 

826. Abijah Whitney (Joseph, Benjamin, Joseph, John, John), b. Sept. 6, 1744;: 

m. June 12, 1783, Lydia Stearns; b. 1759; d. 1786; m. 2d Rebecca . His estate 

was settled Apr. 14, 1829. He was in the Revolutionary war, in the company from 
Weston, and later from Lincoln, in the regiment Commanded by Col. Drake. He d. 
1829; res. Waltham and Weston, Mass. 

2017. i. Martha, b. ; unm. in 1820. 

2018. ii. Abijah, b.'in 1784; m. Anne Lawrence. 

2019. iii. Nathan, b. in 1786; m. Martha Stearns. 

828. Benjamin Whitney, Jr. (Benjamin, Benjamin, Joseph, John, John), b. in 
1737; m. Jan. 29, 1766, Sarah White, of Newton. 

Benjamin Whitney, Jr., of Worcester, was a farmer. His will was probated Sept. 
2, 1823, and his widow, Sarah, was executrix. The only child mentioned in the will 
was his son, Amos. He held office in Worcester, often being elected at the annual 
town meetings. In 1789 he was elected on the school committee, and in. 1790 sur- 
veyor of boards and shingles. Apr. 19, 1775, he enlisted in Capt. Benj. Flagg's com- 
pany, on the Lexington alarm. The Selectmen of Worcester haveing Laid before the 
Town (Wore.) a List of Persons liable by Law and which they Judged able and Quali- 
fied to serve on Petit Jurors in 1760 the name of Benj Whitney occurs. The Town 












proceeded to ye Choice of a Constable in ye Room of Josiah Peirce Excused, and 
Benj Whitney was chosen (and Sworn 10th March 1762). Benj Whitney Surveyor of 
high ways and Collector of high way taxes — appointed in 1770 and 1776. At a Town 
meeting Held at the meeting House, in Worcester on Thurs. the Eighteenth Day of 
October a D. 1764 after Legal Warning Eight o Clock fore noon^voted ye following 
sums be Granted for ye following purposes — vizt — To Benj Whitney for Wm Breners 
Pole Tax — 1.37. Benj Whitney served as Juror in the Inferior Court of Common 
pleas and Court of General sessions of the peace in 1776. He d. July 30, 1823; res. 
Worcester, Mass. 

2020. i. Amos, b. ; m. Polly Kingsbury and Betsey Parker. 

829. Samuel Whitney (Benjamin, Benjamin, Joseph, John, John), b. at Wor- 
cester, Mass., in 1741; m. at Worcester Nov. 24, 1762, Mary White, of Newton; d. 
prob. in Templeton; m. 2d Oct. 11, 1812, at Westminster, Mass., Hannah Wetherbee, 
wid. of Ephraim, b. 1749; d. Dec, 1832. 

According to the History of Westminster Samuel went from Worcester. He 
made his will and it was probated Dec. 9, 1834, and allowed Nov. 17, 1835. In it he 
mentions his wife Hannah, her daughter Hannah Wetherbee, son Moses, daughter 
Patty Bowker and daughter Molly West. Mr. Spauldingwas executor. He d. June 
29, 1832; res. Worcester, Templeton, and Westminster, Mass. 

2021. i. Moses, b. ; m. Martha . 

2U22. ii. Patty, b. ; m. Aug. 17, 1791, Jonathan Bowker, both of 


2023. iii. Molly, b. ; m. West. 

2024. iv. Abijah, b. ; d unm. in Templeton in 1796; his will is dated 

Apr. 2. 

834. Ezekiel Whitney (Ezekiel, John, Benjamin, John, John), b. Watertown, 

Mass., Apr. 13, 1768; m. Lydia ; m. 2d . He d. Dec. 1830; res. 

Roxbury and Watertown, Mass. 

2025. i. Frank, bap. June 2, 1793. 

2026. ii. Leonard, bap. June 2, 1793. 

2027. iii. Abigail, bap. Sept. 14, 1794. 

2028. iv. Otis, bap. Aug. 12, 1798. 

2029. V. Geo. W., b. Aug. 26, 1812; m. Elizabeth Cook. 

2030. vi. Cromwell, b. . 

2031. vii. Alvares, b. . 

2032. viii. Jeremiah, b. , 

203^3. ix. James, b. 
2034. X. Nahum p., b. 

2035. xi. Lydia, b. ; m. Hvde. 

2036. xii. Walter H.,b. 1819; m. Lydia E. Doyle. 

839. Stephen Whitney (Stephen, John, Benjamin, John, John), b. Jan. 25,1771; 
m. in Leominster, Sally Dexter, of Marlboro, b. Oct. 14, 1778. She m. 2d Capt. 
Calvin Hale, and d. Mar. 28, 1846. She had two ch. by her second marriage, Chas. B. 
and Maria S. 

He was born in Lunenburg, but at the time of his decease had for 4 years been a 
resident of Westminster, where he was associated in business in a country store with 
Joseph Whitman. He also kept tavern, and the two, store and tavern, were con- 
nected. He d. Sept. 16, 1811; res. Lunenburg and Westminster, Mass. 

2037. i. William D., b. July 20, 1803; m. Harriet Hawks. 

2038. ii. Eliza Dexter, b. June 19, 1805; m. in Leominster, Mass., Mar. 28, 

1824, Augustus Pierce, b. Dec.29, 1795; d. Apr. 27, 1830. She d. Jan. 
20, 1857. Ch.: Theodore W. Pierce, b. Nov. 6, 1824; m. Oct. 26, 
1847, Laura A. Peasley, East Weare, N. H.; res. at 58 Amherst 
St., Nashua, N. H.; Fidelia Pierce, b. Aug. 19, 1826; m. in Rox- 
bury, Mass., John H. Hawes; d. June 19, 1877. She d. July 19, 

2039. iii. Sally, b. Feb. 10, 1807; res. 420 Washington St., Dorchester, Mass. 
■ 2040. iv. Susan, b. Aug. 20, 1809; m. Apr. 19, 1829, Emerson Hills, b. Mar. 7, 

1804; d. Feb. 3, 1879; res. Leominster, Mass. Ch.: Juliette, b. June 

4, 1831; m. Oct 12, 1853, Years; res. Lemo. 

2041. V. Emily Stevens, b. Jan. 20, 1812; d. 1812. 












842. Abijah Whitney (Stephen, John, Benjamin, John. John), b. Aug. 10, 1776; 
m. Feb. 6, 1812, Betsey Whitney, b. Westminster Apr. 1, 1788, dau. of Jonas; d. Nov. 

He was born in Watertown, where he passed his boyhood days. He worked on 
the farm, was interested in a country store and kept a toll gate. He finally settled 
in Lunenburg and carried on an extensive provision business, supplying three towns 
with meat. He was known the country round as " Uncle Bijah." During the latter 
part of his life he was in poor health and resided with his son, Francis W., at whose 
home he died in his 83d year. He d. Dec. 6, 1859; res. Lunenburg, Mass. 

2042. i. Benjamin H., b. Oct. 15, 1813; m. Mary Butters and Sarah 
Charles S., b. Oct. 16, 1816; d. Apr. 18, 1833. 
Susan, b. Dec. 23, 1820; d. May 27, 1826. 
Joseph, b. Feb. 21, 1823; d. Sept., 1825. 
Francis W., b. July 15, 1825; m. Huldah B. Frost. 
Mary E., b. July 19, 1828; m. Silas Whitney. She d. Apr. 1, 1887. 
Ch.: Ella, b. ; m. Porter Hyatt; res. Leo. 

2048. vii. MarthaC, b. Feb. 6, 1831; m. Seth Twitchell. Ch.: Herbert, b. 

; res. Fitchburg; Milon, b. ; res. Fitchburg. 

847. Prentiss Whitney (Stephen, John, Benjamin, John, John), b. Nov. 2, 
1787; ni. 1814, Sylvia Bicknell. He d. Nov. 18, 1870; res. Boston, Mass., Gardiner, 
Me., and Westfield, N. Y. 

2049. i. Sylvia, b. ; m. Townsend; res. Westfield, N. Y. 

2050. ii. Mary, b. . 

2051. iii. Edward, b. ; d.; his wid. res. in the west. 

859. Nathan Whitney (Nathan, David, Benjamin, John, John), b. July 1, 
1765; m. Nov. 30, 1786, Eunice Puffer, b. Aug. 2, 1768; d. Feb. 24, 1846. 

In 1793 he bought of Samuel Gerrish the greater part of lot No. 4, bounding east 
and south on Bacon and Main streets, Central Village, and ever after res. thereon. 
He was an upright, honorable, and trustworthy citizen. He held the office of town 
treasurer from 1810 to 1830, discharging the duties of his office with conscientious 
fidelity. Ab. the latter date, however, he experienced great financial embarrassment 
and loss by a business disaster, in which others of his fellow-townsmen, as well as 
himself, were seriously involved. He bore his misfortune, however, with creditable 
patience, and maintained his good name and Christian standing to the end of his 
life. He d. Feb. 14, 1851; res. VV^estminster, Mass. 

Nathan, b. Mar. 28, 1793; m. Anne Miles Whitney. 

Leonard, b. Sept. 18, 1800; d. Sept. 26, 1802. 

Eunice, b. Dec. 12, 1787; d. Feb. 27, 1812. 

Ruth, b. Nov. 12, 1789; m. Nov. 26, 1812, Smyrna Whitney (see). 

She d. Nov. 25, 1858. 
Peksis, b. Apr. 3, 1795; m. May 8, 1821. 
Asa, b. Oct. 24, 1797; d. Sept. 27, 1802. 
Asa, b. Oct. 25, 1803; d. Sept. 6, 1814. 

Mary Reed. b. May 23, 1806; m. Feb. 23, 1830, Nathan Howard 
Cutting, b. Princeton, Mass., May 29, 1805. She d. May 25, 1882. 
He d. July 16, 1884, in Worcester, Mass. Ch.: Franklin H., b. 
Oct. 30, 1832; d. Nov. 4, 18a^; Ann Maria, b. Feb. 1, 1836; m. 
Joseph O. Adams; res. 25 Oread place, Worcester, Mass.; Susan 
Louise, b. Aug. 29, 1838; m. Edward Whitney (see); Charles H., 
b. Sept. 1, 1841; d. Newburn, N. C, in war, Jan. 24, 1863; Wm. 
Jones, b. Nov. 12, 1845; unm.; res. with Ann; Frank W., b. Dec. 
10, 1851; unm.; res. with Ann. 
2060. ix. Leonard, b. Nov. 23, 1808; m. Dec. 9, 1830; a son Henry res. Bat- 
tle Creek, Mich. 

860. Dea. David Whitney (Nathan, David, Benjamin, John, John), b. West- 
minster, Aug. 16, 1767; m. in Princeton, Nov. 24, 1791, Elizabeth Barron, b. July 3, 
1768; d. Apr. 28, 1853. Deacon David Whitney was born in Westminster, where he 
always resided. He was foremost in all movements for the welfare of the people. 
He resided on the old homestead settled by his father, Capt. Nathan, in 1752. When 
ten years of age he was very sick, and it is said his life was saved by the skill of a 
Hessian (British) soldier, who was a prisoner of war at Rutland. The physician was 
recommended by another prisoner who was boarding at his father's. 


















He inherited his father's habits of industry, economy, and thrift. He was a 
deeply religious man, earnestly devoted to the interests of the First church of the 
town, whose fortunes he shared and served as Dea. for more than 60 years. He 
also partook of the military spirit, which manifested itself, at an early age, by his 
enlistment in the service of the state for the suppression of Shays' rebellion. Later 
in life, July 12, 1811, he was commissioned Capt. of the So. Co. in W. by Gov. 
Elbridge Gerry. He was two years a member of the board of selectmen. He lived 
to be almost a centenarian. He made his will Aug. 2, 1853. It was ofifered for pro- 
bate May 22, 1867. His son Aaron was exec. He d. Mar. 24, 1867; res. Westminster, 

2061. i. Tabitha, b. Mar. 9, 1793; m. July 10, 1823, Capt. John C. Miller. 

She d. Apr. 11, 1888. He was b. June 3, 1785; d. Oct. 2, 1864. 
Ch.: John Flavel, b. May 5, 1824; d. Aug. 17, 1846; Elizabeth, 
d. in infancy; George, b. June, 1827; d. Feb. 18, 1867; m. C. E. 
Gill; ch., Frank, b. 1856, m. Miss Marsh; infant daughter; Flora 

Ella, b. ; d. Nov. 2.3, 1887, m. E. Boyn; Nina Belle, b. 

Mar. 6, 1864. d. 1866; Nathan Brick, b. Mar. 6, 1864; d. Sept. 27, 
1888; Ada C, b. 1866, m. J. Grill Lamb. David, b. May 7, 
1829, m. Laura Davis; ch., son died in infancy; Charles O., 
b. Mar. 9, 1861, m. Mary Dargee; George, b. Nov., 1867, m. 

Smith; res. Gardner. Sarah E., b. Dec. 25, 1830, m. 

Thomas Marshall; ch., Clara Louise, b. Dec. 30, 1872; res. Leo- 
minster. Joseph, b. Oct. 14, 1832, m. Emily Follett; ch., Kate 
F., b. Feb. 17, 1871; Abbie, b. June, 1875; Josephine, b. Aug., 
1879; res. Westminster. Isaac B., b. Nov. 22, 1834, m. Jennie 
E. Potter, ch., dau. d. in infancy; Alene S., b. June, 1862; d. 
May 30. 1881; m. W. O. Sawm; John Calvin, b. June, 1864, m. 
K. S. McClure; res. Gardner. Calvin, b. Mar. 18, 1837, m. 
Amelia V. Alger, descendant of Thomas Alger, who came 
from England in 1634, and settled in Plvmouth colonv; ch., 
Morton Melvin, b. Feb. 10, 1873; Allan Balcom, b. Jan. 28, 1883; 
res. Athol. 
Betsey, b. Jan. 18, 1795; d. May 4, 1796. 
David, b. Oct. 24, 1796; d. unm. Mar. 8, 1875. 
Reuben, b. May 8, 1798; d. July 27, 1800. 
Aaron, b. Mav 1, 1800; m. Martha Ravmond. 
Betsey, b. Feb. 5, 1802; m. Jan. 16, 1823, Nathan Howard. He 
was b. June 2, 1795; d. July 18, 1879; res. Westminster, Mass. Ch.: 
Maria, b. May 16, 1824; Elizabeth W., b. July 24, 1827; Marv, b. 
Feb. 15, 1830; Nathan P., b. Oct. 17, 1832; Calvin, b. Apr'. 10, 
1835; d. May 14, 1865; Joseph, b. May 6, 1837; Albert, b. May 
23, 1845. 

2067. vii. Reuben P., b. July 24, 1804; m. Clarissa C. Woodward, Mrs. Fi- 

delia B. Pierce and Mrs. Nancy R. Thomas. 

2068. viii. Isaac, b. Mar. 4, 1806; m. Susan Barrett and Eliza Perkins. 

2069. ix. Mary, b. Aug. 19, 1808; m. Feb. 15, 1826, William S. Everett, b. 

Oct. 13. 1805; d. Feb. 19, 1885; farmer; res. Westminster. Ch.: 
Mary Whitney, b. May 16, 1828; m. Joseph Brown at Princeton, 
Mass., Jan. 1, 1847; present address, Davis ave., Brookline, 
Mass; have one son, Joseph Everett Brown, b. Westminster, 
Mass., Mav 21, 1867; present address, Brookline, Mass.; m. Kate 
Yeaton Mix, May 21, 1891. 

2070. x. Sally, b. June 17, 1810; m. June 16, 1842, Moses Booth; res. 4315 

Champlain ave., Chicago, 111. He was b. Sept. 13, 1801 ; d. Sept. 9, 
1855. Ch.: Sarah Judson, b. Aug. 27, 1842; m. Dec. 4, 1868, 
Samuel D. Hannan, who d. May 9, 1889. 

2071. xi. Calvin, b. Dec. 1, 1813; m. Hildah Brown. 

861. John Whitney (Nathan, David, Benjamin, John, John), b. Oct. 13, 1769; 
m. in Westminster in 1790, Elizabeth Stearns, b. Aug. 1, 1770. She m. 2d James 
Walker, who died s. p. the next year; she m. 3d Luke Warren and had Mary and 
Aaron. She d. Oct. 30, 1838. 

John Whitney was born in Waltham, Mass., and moved with his parents when 
young to Westminster. He followed agricultural pursuits, was a stanch Christian, 
good citizen, strong temperance advocate and bittetly opposed to slavery. He was 













never in public life, but made many friends by his integrity and Christian virtues^ 
He d. Tune 25, 1802; res. Westminster, Mass. 

2072. i. John, b. Jan. 15, 1795; d. Feb. 22, 1796. 

2073. ii. John, b. Feb. 20, 1797; m. Lydia Allen. 

2074. iii. Betsey, b. May 3, 1799; m. Apr. 30, 1829, Thomas Merriam, b. 

July 23, 1801; d. Sept. 24, 1877; res. Westminster. Ch., Mary £.„ 
b. June 4, 1830; Sarah M., b. June 7, 1835; John F., b. Aug 23, 
1838; all res. W. The mother d. July 15, 1888. 

2075. iv. Linda, b. Mar. 8, 1802; m. Nov. 20, 1823, at Hubbardston, JdSeph 

Raymond, b. Mar. 15, 1796. She d. Mar. 23, 1847. Ch.: Alfred 
Whitney, b. Sept. 22, 1824; res. Jewett, N. Mex.; Melinda 
Elizabeth, b. Nov. 12, 1826; unm.; Joseph Downe, b. Feb. 17, 
1828; res. Pleasant St., Worcester, Mass.; Reuben Stearns, b. 
May 13, 1830; m. and died leaving Edward Lincoln and William 
Holbrook; his wid. m. William Bearing, res. Shellville, Cal.;. 
Susan Wood, b. Oct. 28, 1831; m. Heman Lincoln Chase, of 
Boston, at Hubbardston, Mass., the 18th of Oct., 1854; res. 126 
Harvard St., Brookline, Mass. He was son of Rev. Irah Chase, 
D. D., and Harriet Savage Chase, and was born at Newton, 
Mass., Sept. 22, 1829, and died in Brooklme, Feb. 11, 1884. Her 
husband and her deceased son, Henry, were Baptists and all 
her other children the same. Harriet Savage Chase married 
Herbert Eveleth Greene, July 15, 1886. He graduated from 
Harvard college and has the degree of Ph. D. Dr. Greene is a 
prof, in Wells College, Aurora, N. Y. They have one son, born 
June 14, 1890. Prof. Greene is an orthodox Congregationalist; 
the child's name is William Chase Greene. Heman Lincoln 
Chase, Jr., graduated from Harvard, receiving the degree of 
A. M., in 1882, and afterward the degree of Dr. of Medicine 
from the Harvard Med. school, then studied abroad, and is now 
practicing in Brookline, unmarried, and a Republican. Henry 
Ernest Chase graduated from Harvard in 1883 with the degree 
of A. M. Susan Raymond Chase was married to Frank Leon- 
ard Creesy, June 12, 1889. Mr. Creesy graduated from Harvard 
Coll. in the class of '82 and afterward from the Harvard law 
school, practicing law in Boston and living in Brookline. Re- 
publican. They have one child, Madeline Creesy, born Mar. 
26, 1891. Edith Chase is a student at Smith College, Northamp- 
ton, Mass.; Henry Chase, b. July 12,1840; res. Council Bluffs, la. 

863. JosiAH Whitney (Josiah, David, Benjamin, John, John), b. Waltham, June 
23, 1765; m. (pub.) Jan. 10, 1790, Mary Barrett, b. 1768, d. Aug. 23, 1841. He was b. 
in Waltham and m. in Ashby. After the births of four of their children they 
were dismissed to the church in Ashby, Nov. 24, 1799. There they ever afterward 
resided, honored and respected. He d. Dec. 24, 1842; res. Watertown and Ashby, 

2076. i. Josiah, b. Mar. 20, 1791; m. Rebecca Rice. 

2077. ii. Sally, b. Mar. 19, 1792; m. Dec. 16, 1814, Oliver Kendall, res. 

Ashby. She d. Nov. 23, 1889. He was b. June, 1792; d. Apr. 
15, 1857. Ch.: Sarah, b. Mar. 22. 1818, d. Aug. 16, 1822; Josiah 
Quincy, b. Apr. 2-1, 1825, m. Amanda H. Adams Sept. 13, 1853;. 
d. June 15, 1883; Clarissa; John Miron, b. Oct. 4, 1829, d. Nov. 
9, 1846. 

2078. iii. Jonas Prescott, b. Sept. 22, 1793; m. Rebecca Piper and Louisa 


2079. iv. Mary, b. Sept. 14, 1796; m. July 17, 1817, Oliver L. Wheeler; res. 

Ashby, Mass. She d. July 5, 1888. He was b. Aug. 6, 1795; d. 
May 13, 1891. Ch.: Cynthia Barrett, b. June 30, 1818; m. May 
11, 1846, Lewis Raymond of Norwich, Conn., who died same 
fall; d. Mar. 30, 1852; Oliver Gushing, b. Sept. 15, 1819; d. Oct. 17,. 
1838; Otis Adams, b. Nov. 1, 1820; m. Mar. 12, 1863. Mary Eliza- 
beth Jewett, ch., Charles Gushing, b. in Fitchburg, Mass., May 
18, 1864, d. Mar. 18, 1868; Ellen Louisa, b. in Fitchburg, Mass., 
Mar. 29, 1866, d. Apr. 25, 1866; Fanny Maria.b. in Fitchburg, Mass., 
Sept. 26, 1867; Walter Otis, b. in Fitchburg, Mass., June 25, 1871; 


Mary Augusta, b. Feb. 7, 1823; m. May 30. 1843, K. W. Knight of 
Ashburnham, Mass. He d. Sept. 5, 1858; m. 2d, Nov. 22, I860, 
S. G. Frost; ch., Charles Montague, b. Apr. 29, 1846, d. Sept. 
1846; Cynthia Elizabeth, b. June 5, 1848; Eddie Hurbert 
Frost, b. July 27, 1866, d. Feb. 25, 1867; Charles Merriam, 
b. Feb. 12, 1827; d. Sept. 9, 1853; Harriet Whitnev, b. Mar. 
16, 1829; m. Apr. 25, 1857, John S. Wetherbee, of New York City, 
ch., Adella Frances, b. in New York, Nov. 8, 1858; Miranda 
Russell, b. in New York, March 5, 1860, d. Mar. 26, 1861; Hattie 
Jane, b. in Ashby, Nov. 19, 1861; Alary Miranda, b. in New York, 
Jan. 9, 1863; Charlotte Wheeler, b. in New York, Apr. 14, 1865; 
Jane Hubbard, b. May 15, 1830; d. Aug. 19. 1850; Walter Jewett. 
b. Apr. 19, 1833; m. Nov. 29, 1859, Abbie Louisa Brown, of 
Keene, N. H.; Alice Aurelia, b. Dec. 17, 1834; m. Sept. 14, 1857, 
W. F. White of Ashburnham, Mass.; m. 2d, Oct. 20. 1880, J. W. 
Pickering of Boston, Mass., lawyer, office 28 School St. R. 31;, 
Mary Aurelia, b. at Ashby, Mass.. Oct. 30, 1863; d. Dec. 17, 1863;. 
Elizabeth Elmyra, b. July 2, 1838; m. June 16, 1868, Edwin. 
Whitney, of Ashby, Mass.; d. July 13, 1887; Cynthia Elizabeth. 
Knight, m. Dec. 7, 1868, George Adams Upton, of Townsend,, 
Mass., ch., Edson Knight, b. in Townsend, Mass., Sept. 22, 1869; 
Fred, b. in Townsend, Mass., Sept. 1, 1871, d. Sept. 24, 1871; 
Mary Alice, b. in Townsend, Mass., Sept. 1, 1871, d. Dec. 15, 
1872; George Forrest, b. in Townsend, Mass., May 5, 1874; 
Charles Amos, b. in Townsend, Mass., Apr. 9, 1879; Roy Frost,, 
b. in Townsend, Mass., Apr. 29, 1885. 

2080. V. John B. b. Apr. 7, 1801; m. Harriett Gushing. 

2081. vi. Nanxy. b. Mar. 29, 18o3; m. Feb. 8, 1825, Asa Holt, res. Ashbv> 

She d. May 20, 1851. He was b. Mar. 21, 1801; d. Mar. 3, 1890. 
Ch.: Lowell Convers, b. Aug. 19, 1826, m. Mary Ann Hayden 
Dec. 20, 1848, P. O. address, Ashby, Mass.; Sarah Jane, b.'Oct. 
4, 1828, m. Cyrus Appleton Davis Apr. 12, 1852, P.O., Dixon, III; 
Nancv Elmira, b. Oct. 2, 1830, m. Luther Gregory Spaulding 
Oct. 3, 1847, P. O., Ashbv. Mass.; Mary Alice, b. Nov. 27, 1835, 
d. Aug. 23, 1854; Ellen Elizabeth, b. July 30, 1839, P. O., Elgm, 
111.; Lyman Woodrow, b. Mar. 18, 1842, d. Mar. 22, 1863. 

2082. vii. Alice, b. Dec. 17, 1806; m. in Ashby, 1837, Calvin J. Tyler. She 

d. Sept. 19, 1858. He was b. Nov. 8, 1813; d. Mar. 23, 1887. Ch.: 
John Martin, b. Dec. 20, 1838, d. Oct. 16, 1866; Sarah Kendall, b. 
Jan. 16, 1840, m. Nov. 14, 1861, M. E. McDowell, res. Leominster; 
Willard, b. Aug. 6, 1841,d.Aug.lO, 1845; Laura Matilda, b. May 
22, 1844, m. Apr. 23, 1867, A. B. Upham, res. Leominster, Mass.; 
Ann Caroline, b. Mar. 18, 1847, d. July 2, 1876; Alice, b. Oct. 3, 
1850. d Oct. 3, 1854. 

2083. viii. Willia.m, b. July 20, 1798; m. Fanny Lincoln. 

865. Jonathan Whitney (Josiah, David, Benjamin, John, John), b. May, 8, 
1772; m. Sarah Child. She died in 1828, and in her will mentions her sisters Louisa 
Bedlow, Mary Shattuck and Belinda Stearns. Isaiah Child was executor. He d. in 
•1826; res. Waltham, Mass. 

2084. i. Josiah Qcincy, b. 1805, died in 1828; unm. 

2085. ii. Jacob C, b. ; left 2 ch. 

869. Joel Whitney (Jonas, David, Benjamin, John, John), b. Westminster, 
Sept. 13, 1765; m. Dec. 4, 1790, Lucy Holden, b. Feb. 25, 1770, d. Dec. 15, 1791; m. 2d 
at W., Aug. 16, 1796, Mrs. Abigail (Holden) Merriam, b. Aug. 25, 1767, d. Nov. 18, 1848. 

He was a man of vigorous intellect, good practical judgment, and great force of 
character. His positive convictions and love of argument won for him in certain 
circles the expressive title of "Old Reason." He lived fora few years with his brother 
Jonas on the paternal estate, but at length sold to him, and purchased the place now 
owned by J. C. Goodridge, on the No. Common, where his remaining life was spent. 
His services were much in demand as arbitrator for the settlement of personal dif- 
ferences and questions of controversy, requiring for their proper adjustment, good 
sense, an impartial judgment, freedom from prejudice, and the disposition to deal 
fairly and honorably with all parties concerned. He m. 1st, Lucy.dau.of Abnerand 


Elizabeth (Darby) Holden. She bore him 1 child, and he m. 2d, her sister, Abigail 
(Holden) Merriam, wid. of Nathan, by whom he had 6 ch. He d. Apr. 15, 1857, at 
Gardner; res. Westminister, Mass. 

2086. ii. Joseph H., b. Dec. 27, 1799; m. Betsey Pratt. 

2087. i. Cynthia, b. Oct. 12, 1797; m. Sept. 21, 1826, Ebenezer Jones, of 

Westminster. She d. Apr. 7, 1891. Ch.: J. Walter, b. Aug. 8, 
1829. In 1830 they went to Troy, N. Y. She d. 1892. His wid. 
res. 47 Grand Division St., Troy. 

2088. iii. Horace, b. Apr. 26, 1802; m. Mary Sawin. 

2089. V. Theodore, b. Apr. 2, 1807; m. Betsey Wheeler. 

2090. iv. Elizabeth Barnard, b. May 27, 1804; m. Oct. 6, 1825, Timothy 

Weeks. She d. Apr. 17, 1887. He was b. in Bridgewater, N. H., 
Nov. 13, 1801 ; d. July 1, 1854. Ch. : Adeline Elizabeth, b. Oct. 2, 
1826; m. Jan. 24, 1860, to Nathan W. Frye; P. O. address. Mrs. 
Nathan W. Frye, 616 Main St., Woburn, Mass.; Mary A., b. July 
28, 1828; m. Feb. 1, 1849, Henry A. Fielding; P. O. address, 
Mrs. Henry A. Fielding, Bozeman, Mont.; Harriet G.,b. Sept. 25, 
1830; m. July 1, 1849; Jeremiah S. Hall; P. O. address, Mrs. H. 
G. Hall, 46 Tyler St., Lowell, Mass.; Augustus Whitney, b. Feb. 
5, 1833; m. Mar. 25, 1867; Lauretta Frye; d. in Lowell, Feb. 21, 
1892; Cynthia Jones, b. Mar. 25, 1836; d. May 15, 1842; Ellen, 
b. Oct. 2, 1838; m. Dec. 8, 1862; Rev. E. P. Tenney ; P. O. address, 
Mrs. E. P. Tenney, Pembroke, N. H.; Emma D., b. Mar. 13, 
1841 ; m. Lester Willson, Mar. 2, 1869; P. O. address, Mrs. Lester 
S. Willson, Bozeman, Mont. 

2091. vii. Relief Farnsworth, b. Feb. 22, 1810; m. at Troy, N. Y., Oct. 

21, 1835, Willet G. Tripp. She d. Apr. 26, 1875; res. Troy and 
Brooklyn, N. Y. He was b. Feb. 8, 1810; d. Apr. 17, 1869. Ch.: 
Caroline A., b. Sept. 27, 1859; m. Ansen Adams; she d. Apr. 10, 
1880; Sarah A., b. Mar. 19, 1842; res. 723 Federal St., Trov, N. 
Y.; John W., b. Sept. 7, 1844; m. Mary Higgins; P. O. address, 
372 Pacific St., Brooklyn, N. Y.; Harriet E., b. May 18, 1847; m. 
Henry Parker; P. O. addres?, 285 Clifton PL, Brooklyn, N; Y.; 
Franklyn M., b. May 18, 1850; m. June, 1879, Alma Morris; P.O. 
address, 223 Fulton St., Brooklyn, N. Y.; four other children, 
who died in infancv. 

2092. vi. Lucy, b. Nov. 25, 1791; m. Oct. 28, 1813, Joseph Brown, of West- 

minster. Ch.: Lucy, b. July 14, 1814; m. Rev. Robert Stuart; 
George, b. Dec. 12, 1816; m. Mary Perkins; Huldah, b. Sept. 8, 
1818; m. Calvin Whitney, Sept. 7, 1837; Joseph, b. Sept. 23, 1820; 
m. Mary Everett. The mother d. Oct. 18, 1821. 

870. Squire Jonas Whitney (Jonas, David, Benjamin, John, John), b. West- 
minster, Nov. 10, 1761; m. there Dec. 1, 1785, Elizabeth Raymond, of Princeton; b. 
1766; d. Nov. 18, 1857. 

Jonas Whitney, Jr., was born in Westminster, and succeeded to the estate of his 
father. He was a man of marked natural ability and strength of character. Of 
excellent judgment, well informed, thoroughly upright and trustworthy, he held a 
high place in public esteem, and was often chosen to fill important posts of public 
service, the duties of which he discharged with singular fidelity and effectiveness. 
He was 11 years selectman, 24 years assessor, and 13 years representative to the 
General Court, a term of service in that capacity more than twice as long as that of 
any other person in the history of the town. He was also justice of the peace, being 
well known as "Squire Whitney," and had much to do in the administration and 
settlement of estates. His life was long, busy, useful, and full of honor. He d. Jan. 
3,.1839; res. Westminster, Mass. 
" 2093. i. Harrison G., b. Jan. 2, 1812; m. Louisa Carpenter and Eliza 


2094. ii. Betsey, b. Sept. 3, 1786; d. July 7, 1787. 

2095. iii. Polly Everett, b. Oct. 25, 1792; m. Feb. 1816, John Perkins; 

b. Feb. 25, 1789; d. in Morris, 111., Nov. 3, 1868. She d. Aug. 10, 
1874. Ch. Mary, b. Nov. 1816; m Geo. Brown, 1839; d. 1888. 
Her dau., Mrs. A. F. Barker, Monticello, Minn.; Eliza, b. May, 
1817; m. Isaac Whitney, 1842; d. 1890; Mrs. S. B. W. Olsen, 
dau., Santa Barbara, Cal. (See elsewhere.); Joseph, b. 1820; 












address Monticello, Minn.; Myra, b. 1822; d. 1848; Harrison, b. 
1824; address Westminster, Mass.; Catharine, b. 1831, d. 18o3- 
Nancy Whitney, b Dec. 4, 1828; m. Oct. 10, 1856, Henry E. 
Stevens; res. 34 Grove St., Norwich, Conn.; four other ch. d. 

2096. iv. Almira, b. July 16, 1799; m. Leonard Minott and Joel Cowee, of 
Gardner. She d. s. p. Sept. 1, 1872. 

2097, v. Nancy, b. Mar. 9, 1803; m. Aratas Raymond; res. W.; 3 ch. She 
d. Aug. 7, 1875; a dau. Mary res. Gardner. 

Charles, b. Mar. 21, 1797; m. Sarah Howard. 
Joseph, b. Dec. 18, 1794; m. Sally Harrington. 
Jonas, b. July 20, 1807; m. Lucinda Damon. 
Betsey, b. Apr. 1, 1788; m. Abijah Whitnev (See). 
Arethusa, b. Sept. 26, 1790; d. Aug. 4, 1796. 

872. Capt. Benjamin Whitney (Jonas, David, Benjamin, John, John), b. West- 
minster, Mass., Apr. 28, 1770; m. 1794, Nancy Fuller, b. Newton, Mass., Feb. 14, 1767; 
d. Sept. 20, 1855. 

He was a noted school teacher in his younger days, was prominent in town 
affairs and captain of the local military company. Was selectman for several vears. 
and was town clerk for several years. Though not a professor of religion he was an 
upright and moral man, a good citizen and knid neighbor. He d. June 27, 1852; res. 
Marlboro, N. H. 

2103. i. Benjamin, b. May 25, 1802; m. Elmira Stimpson. 

2104. ii. Nancy, b. Dec. 2, 1796; m. June 2, 1819, Solomon Sawtell, of Rindge, 

N. H. She d. Apr. 17. 1864. He was b. Apr. 6, 1786; d. Dec. 13, 
1861; was a shoemaker. Ch.: Benjamin Whitney Sawtell, 20 
Bartlett St., Charleston, Mass.; John L. Sawtell, Mansfield, Mass.; 
Mrs. Jane L. S. Richardson, 51 Arlington St., Fitchburg, Mass.; 
Amaziah Sawtell, 292 Randolph St., Detroit, Mich.; Edwin Saw- 
tell, 695 N. Main St., Brockton, Mass. Benjamin Whitney 
Sawtell m. Rebecca Ann Jessop, Nov. 6, 1844. Their children 
were 7: Benj. Whitney Sawtell, Jr., b. Aug. 5, 1845, d. Aug. 19, 
1856; Harriet Elizabeth, b. Aug. 18. 1847, d. Jan. 28, 1867; Re- 
becca Addielade, b. Aug. 26, 1849; m. Sept. 27, 1883 to Charles 
W. Marsh, residing Fells Station. Melrose, Mass; then two 
small children died in infancv of Benj. W. Sawtell's family; 
afterwards were Ida Whitney.'b. Nov. 5, 1867; m. July 4, 1889, 
to Charles S. Chapman, residing 20 Bartlett St., Charlestown, 
Mass. (one child), Mildred Viola Chapman, b. Apr. 4. 1890; Her- 
bert Russell Sawtell, b. Sept. 16, 1869, res. 20 Bartlett St., 
Charlestown, Mass. 

2105. iii. RuHANNAH. b. Jan. 11, 1798; m. Mar. 28, 1826, Jeremiah R. Need- 

ham, of Hollis, N. H., 2 sons. She d. in Hollis. 

2106. iv. Sarah, b. Apr. 28, 1799; m. May 14, 1829, Joel Barker, of Milford, 

N. H. She d. there. 

2107. v. Lydia, b. May 15, 1800; m. Dec. 6, 1836, Abner Bailey, of Jaffrey, 

N. H. She d. there Mar. 7, 1872. 

2108. vi. Sophronia, b. Nov. 25, 1803; m. Jan. 22, 1829, Moses Parmerter; 

res. Pepperell, Mass., and she d. there. He was b. Aug. 19, 
1803; d. Nov. 11, 1863. He was a cabinet maker. Ch.: Eliza 
Maria Parmenter, b. Nashua, N. H., Feb. 28, 1830; m. to James 
Hobart Sept. 15, 1853. Present address Ea. Pepperell, Mass.; 
ch., James Francis, b. Ea. Pepperell July 14, 1854; m. Nov., 1878. 
Present address, Hartford, Conn., "The Linden," roorh 47; Hattie 
Hobart, b. July 18, 1861, E. Pepperell, Mass.; m. Oct. 15, 1880, 
at E. Pepperell, Mass. Present address, Mrs. Hattie Hobart, 
Libby, E. Pepperell, Mass.; Charles Whitney Parmenter, b. in 
East Wilton, N. H., Jan. 10, 1832; d. Nashua, N. H.; Mrs. E. 
Maude Harvey, 36 Otterson street, Nashua, N. H. 

2109. vii. Jonas, b. July 4, 1805; m. Charlotte Farman. 

2110. viii. Syrena, b. Oct. 16, 1808; m. Mav 7, 1846, Louis Mclntire, of Ash- 

burnham, Mass., where she d. July 9. 1851. 

2111. ix. Harriett, b. May 22, 1812; m. Sept. 15, 1835, James Hobart; res. 

Pepperell, Mass. 
















2112. X. Ben-jamin, b. Oct. 29, 1796; d. infancy. 

2113. xi. Lucv, b. Oct. 8, 1807; d. Nov. 11, 1807. 

881. Nathaniel Ruggles Whitney (Simon, Daniel, Benjamin, John, John), 
b. Mar. 19, 1759; m. Abigail Frotheringham; b. May 24, 1760. He was born in Water- 
town in 1759, and in early life was a teacher, afterward a trader and farmer. For sev- 
eral years he was justice of the peace, town clerk and selectman. During the 
Revolutionary war he was in the Watertown company commanded by Capt. Brooks, 
He d. Dec. 17, 1833; res. Watertown, Mass. 

Nathaniel R., b. May 27, 1782; m. Sally Stone. 

Polly (or Martha), b. Feb. 10, 1784; m. Skelton. 

James B., b. Mar. 23, 1786; d. bef. 1833. 

Francis, b. June 29, 1788. A Francis Whitney whom I have been 

unable to place, but probably this one, m. Mary and 

resided in Natick, Mass. Their child, Frances, died there Apr. 
30, 1819, aged eight months, and was interred in the South 
Natick grave yard. Francis' name is not found, however, on 
the Natick town or church records or tax lists. 
2118. V. Hannah, b. July 5, 1791; m. Mar. 12, 1815, pub. Joseph Frothing- 
ham Tafts, b. July 19, 1790. He was a tanner and agent for 
various trusts. She d. Aug. 15, 1872. He d. Sept. 17, 1854; res. 
Cambridge, Mass. Ch.: James B., b. Jan. 14, 1817; Joseph F,, 
b. Nov. 11, 1819; Henry, b. Oct. 5, 1822; George F., b. Oct. 19, 
1825; Alfred, b. Aug. 14, 1829. 
George C.b. Aug. 18, 1793. 
William, b Oct. 20, 1795. 
Simon, b. Oct. 30, 1797; m. Mary Walker. 
John, b. Oct. 10, 1800. 

890. Richard Whitney (Simon, Daniel, Benjamin, John, John), b. Water- 
town, Mass., Jan. 12, 1782; m. in Amherst, Apr. 23, 1816, Mary Elizabeth Parker, 
b. May 20, 1797; d. May 13, 1879. 

He was a carriage trimmer and harnessmaker by trade. He d. Nov. 25, 1863; 
res. Amherst, Mass. 

2123. i. Simon W., b. Nov. 21, 1817; m. Emeline L. Belding, Sarah Ingram 

and Samantha Atherton. 
Richard S., b. Feb. 13, 1819; m. Amelia Arrington. 
Samuel F., b. July 18, 1820; res. Emery St., Springfield, Mass. 
Sarah A. M., b. June 25. 1822; d. Oct. 28, 1824. 

Elisha p., b. June 19, 1824; m. . 

Sarah A. M., b. Oct. 24, 1826; d. Mar. 2, 1861. 

Caroline Elizabeth, b. Aug. 2, 1828; m. Simons; d. 

June 19, 1863. 

895. Charles Whitney (Daniel, Daniel, Benjamin, John, John), b. Nov. 16, 

1780; m. Sybil Chenery, b. ; d. Feb. 28, 1868. He was a stonemason. He d. 

June 9, 1850; res. Watertown, Mass. 

2130. ii. Bradshaw S., b. June 4, 1817; m. Nancy Ruggles. 

2131. i. Anne Aspinwall, b. June 24, 1812; m. May 17, 1839, Thomas 

Learned. He was a farmer, was b. Jan. 12,18)1; d. Aug. 28, 
1848; res. 69 E. Main St., Marlboro, Mass. Ch.: Ann Augusta, 
b. Nov. 17, 1840; m. June 13, 1888, Loring A. Barnard; res. 
69 E. Main St., Marlboro; Eleanor Sargent, b. Oct. 19, 1844; m. 
Dec. 23, 1866, Geo. B. Starbird; res. 35, 15th St., Buffalo, N. Y. 

902. Daniel Whitney (Joshua, Daniel, Benjamin, John, John), b. Worcester, 
Mass., July 3, 1763. 

He was born in Worcester, Mass., and when quite a young man served in the 
Revolutionary war for three months. He suffered severely from exposure, and had 
a pension granted him Mar. 4, 1831. He was a farmer, and d. in Oxford, Me., in 
1852; res. Oxford, Me. 

2132. Leafy, b. ; m. Rich; res. Lawrence, Mass.; res. 

Lawrence, Mass. 

903. William Clark Whitney (Joshua, Daniel, Benjamin, John, John), b. 
Worcester, Mass., Oct. 19, 1765; m. Mar. 23, 1799, Sophia Fuller, of Hebron, Me., b. 














Mar. 23, 1779; m. 2d, Dec. 6, 1816, Deborah Patch, of Otisfield, Me., b. July 20, 1787, 
•d. Dec. 26, 1873. 

William Clark Whitney was born in Worcester, Mass., and with his brother 
Daniel, became a proprietor of lands at Paris, Me., by purchase from his father 
Joshua. William C. commenced his career four miles through the woods in township 
No. 4, now Paris, Me., and clearing up land, after a few years went to Hebron, 
where he lived about thirty-seven years. In 1832 he moved to Norway, where he 
died in 1859. He was a prominent business man, having filled the offices of justice 
<3f the peace, one of the associate justices of the Court of Sessions, representative 
to the General Court of Massachusetts, high sheriff of the County of Oxford eight 
years, selectman of the town of Hebron 17 years, besides other offices of 
honor and trust. He was a live man, in every sense of the word, and never idle. He 
was a very capable and successful business man, and amassed one of the largest 
estates ever accumulated in that county. He d. Oct. 6, 1859; res. Worcester, Mass., 
Paris, Topsham, Hebron and Norway, Me. 

2133. i. Marv C, b. Mar. 7, 1800; d. Aug. 25. 1801. 

2134. ii. Harriet, b. Apr. 9, 1801; m. Dr. Solomon P. Cushman, of Bruns- 

wick Me., and d. 1843. 

2135. iii. Fanny, b. Jan. 6, 1803; m. Stephen Cummings. He d. in Norway, 

Me., in 1863; she d. 1842. 

2136. iv. Sophia F., b. Oct. 10, 1806; m. William Goddard. of Bethel, Me., 

and Dec. 7, 1843. 

2137. v. William C, b. Nov. 21, 1809; d, unm.. Mar. 1861. 

2138. vi. Jane F., b. Oct. 25, 1812; m. 1838, James S. Greenleaf ; res. Norway, 

He was b. Feb. 5, 1814; d. Dec. 13, 1860; was a carpenter. Ch.: 
Chas. F., b. Sept. 20, 1839; m. Euphemia J. Bradbury, Mar. 10, 
1864; address, Norway, Me.; Helen, b. Oct. 28, 1841; m. Philo S. 
Cherry; address, Red Creek, N. Y.; she was married Nov. 5, 
1859; Solomon, b. Jan. 17, 1846; m. Susan Compton, of Gifford, 
S. C, Apr. 15, 1871; he d. Nov. 2, 1882, leaving a widow and two 
children; Mary J., b. Apr. 25, 1848; address, Norway, Me.; unm.; 
Flora, b. Oct. 15, 1850; unm.; address, Sedalia, Mo.; James, b. 
Mar. 23, 1853, d. May 20, 1884; unm. 

George P., b. Aug. 13, 1819; m. Ermina P. Packard. 

Deborah P., b. Mar. 22, 1822; d. May 27, 1822. 

Sarah P., b. Mar. 22, 1822; d. Apr. 3, 1822. 

Sarah D., b. June 2, 1824; d. July, 1863. 

Edwin, b. Sept 8, 1829; d. June 19, 1832. 

907. Joshua Whitney (Joshua, Daniel, Benjamin, John, John), b. Worcester, 
Mass., June 17, 1773. He was born in Worcester, Mass.; was a farmer. In 1826 he 
resided in New York State. It is said he died in Quebec; res. m New York State. 

2144. i. Isaac, b. . 

908. Israel Whitney (Joshua, Daniel, Benjamin, John, John), b. Worcester, 
Mass., Apr. 6, 1781; m. in Worcester, Feb. 23, 1799, Lucy Mahan; b. Oct. 18, 1780; d. 
Dec. 16, 1858. He was born in Worcester, Mass.; was a farmer. His will is dated 
Mar. 28, 1854, and proved Mar 4, 18.56. Isaac Davis and Widow Lucy were execu- 
tors. He d. Feb. 1, 1856; res. Worcester, Mass. 

214.5. i. John, b. Apr. 9, 1820; m. Martha Parks. 

2146. ii. Sarah, b. June 13, 1800, m. Daniel Goddard. She d. Aug. 21, 1888; 

res. Worcester, Mass. Son Luther D.; res. Worcester. 

2147. iii. Nancy, b. Sept. 8, 1802; m. Capt. Bezaleel White. She d. June 8, 

1854; res. Worcester, Mass. and Paris, Me. He was captain of 
the militia company that escorted Lafayette from Worcester to 
Boston in 1824. In 1828 he removed to Maine. He d. June 27, 
1874. Ch.: Mary Ann, b. Apr. 30, 1825; d. Sept. 30, 1841; Lucy 
Jane, b. June 20, 1827; m. Francis E. Richards; res. Oxford; 
Eunice M., b. Aug. 20, 1830; m. Paul Weixler; res. W.; Eliza W.. 
b. Mar. 7, 1833; d. Mar. 4, 1872; Wttt. B., b. Aug. 28, 1835, was 
colonel in the war; res. Quincy, Mass.; Sarah J., b. Oct.. 20, 1837; 
d. Aug. 30, 1854; Geo. C, b. Apr. 4, 1843. 

2148. iv. Mary, b. May 2, 1805; m. Calvin Flagg of West Boylston, 1834. 

She d. Apr. 20, 1868. 












2149. V. Julia, b. June 30, 1807; m. Jan. 2, 1828, John C. Greenleaf of War- 

ner, N. H. She d. Feb. 10, 1887. Son Levi C. Greenleaf. stock 
yards, Chicago. 

2150. vi. Abigail, b. Jan. 11,1813; m. Jonas Hartshorn. She d. Mar. 23, 

1862; res. Worcester. 

2151. vii. Almira, b. Feb. 2, 1818; m. Nov. 24, 1836, Loren H. Wrisley of 

Norway, Me.; s. p. 

2152. viii. Joshua, b. Mar. 30, 1815; m. Sept. 28, 1839, Caroline Pope. He 

d. Mar. 2, 1859, s. p.; res. Worcester, Mass. 

2153. ix. Eliza, b. Jan. 17, 1822; m. Jan. 28, 1846. David B. Fiske; res. 

Framingham, Mass. He was b. Aug. 13, 1820. Ch.: Sarah 
Emma. b. Apr. 15, 1848; m. Feb. 11, 1886, Dr. Elisha M. W^hite of 
Boston, who d. July 14, 1890; Ella Whitney, b. Aug. 1. 1850. Both 
res. in F. 

2154. X. Lucy M., b. June 14, 1809; m. 1832. Asa Thayer of Paris, Me. She 

d. Jan. 15. 1850. 

914. Henry Whitney (Henry, Daniel, Benjamin, John, John), b. Watertown, 
Mass., ; m. at Dummerston, Vt., Fanny Miller; res. Dummerston, Vt. 

2155. i. Betsey, b. in 1802; m. Jan. 24, 1821, Noble Holton. 

2156. ii. Lydia, b. ; m. Oct. 23, 1828. Jerry Perry. 

2167. iii. Fanny, b. ; m. June 15, 1829, Worden Babcock. 

2158. iv. Mary, b. ; m. Wm. Rice. 

2169. v. Hannah, b. ; m. Plympton. 

2160. vi. Maria, b. . 

2161. vii. Catherine, b. . 

2162. viii. Freedom, b. . 

2163. ix. Lucy. b. 

2164. X. William, b. . 

2165. xi. Henry, b. . 

2166. xii. Charles, b. . 

920. Israel Whitney (Israel. Daniel, Benjamin, John, John), b. Watertown, 
Mass., Mar. 10, 1775; m. at Needham Jan. 1, 1799, Mary Fuller, b. Oct. 16, 1780; d. 
Jan. 18, 1859. He was postmaster for years. He d. July 16, 1846; res. Needham, 

2167. i. Permelia, b. Oct. 14, 1799; m. Jan. 24, 1819, Ira Allen, b. July 11, 

1797. She d. Apr. 25, 1836. He was proprietor of a line of 
teams running between Pawtucket and Providence, R. I. Ch.: 
Emily, b. Feb. 23, 1820; Emily. 2d. b. Mar. 14, 1822; m. W^m. 
White; Fanny, b. May 8, 1823; William Pitt. b. Jan. 19, 1832; m. 
Nov. 3, 1851, Elizabeth J. Pratt, at Pawtucket, R. I. Present 
address, 194 Cottage St., Pawtucket, R. I.; his dau. is Emily 
F.; res. Boston, Mass.; p. o. box 2177; Mary Frances, b. Mar. 
18. 1834; Frances Whitney, b. Mar. 26, 1836. 

2168. ii. Mary Richards, b. June 11, 1802; m. Jan. 1, 1866, Henry C. 

Snell; res. Medway, Mass. She d. s. p. May 31, 1886. 

2169. iii. Ann Frances, b. Apr. 13, 1808; m. Apr. 20, 1826, Lemuel Lyon, 

She d. Apr. 9, 1842. He was b. Feb. 2, 1806; d. Yokohama, 
Japan, Apr. 6, 1871; was a merchant. Ch.: Israel Whitney, b. 
Apr. 27, 1827, 88 Maiden Lane, N. Y.; Sarah Brown, b. Oct. 23, 
1828; Ellen Frances, b. May 23, 1831; E. Mary Maria, b. May 
22, 1832; Levina Ann, b. Dec. 12, 1835; Lemuel Elisha. b. Oct. 
11. 1837; Henrv and Harriet, twins, b. Sept. 1840. 

2170. iv. Levina, b. Feb.' 11, 1804; m. Mar. 26, 1844, Stephen Utley; m. 

Sept. 26, 1849, Jonathan S. Fuller; m. 3d Nov. 12, 1851, Elisha 
Converse, of Palmer. She d. Apr. 21, 1888. 

921. Israel Whitney (Elisha, Daniel, Benjamin, John, John), b. at Beverly, 
Nov. 4. 1797; m. there May 10. 1826. Mary Hopkins Flagg; b. July. 1804, in Beverly; 
d. in Boston, Aug. 9, 1872. 

Israel Whitney, in his early life, was a shipmaster and supercargo in the East 
India trade, and sailed in the employ of Col. Israel Thorndike, of Beverly. "Our 
older citizens will remember the burning of the ship Beverly at sea. in the year 
1827, with Mr. Whitney, supercargo, the thrilling incidents connected with it, his 


heroic efforts to save the burning ship, his coolness and bravery, and his great suffer- 
ings from exposure in an open boat at sea for many days." [From the Beverly 
Citizen.] This account might have added their capture and imprisonment as pirates, 
at Algiers, and Mr. Whitney's journey across the desert to obtain ransom for his 
companions. Upon retiring from the sea he became interested in manufacturing, 
and was a member of the firm of Stanton, Nichols & Whitney. Afterwards he 
became treasurer of the Lowell Manufacturing Corporation, was a director in the 
Merchants' bank for thirty years, a director in the National Insurance Company for 
thirty years, treasurer of the Cocheco Manufacturing, and one of the leading officers 
in the Boston Marine Society. He was also a large buyer of cotton for the factories 
which called him to New Orleans, where he resided part of the time to facilitate the 
business entrusted to his charge. He was a sagacious business man, his superior 
business qualifications made him a wise counselor, and he was called upon to fill 
several oftices of trust. " He was one of those men, of whom it may be said, he had 
not an enemy in the world, or if he bad, it must have been one so unworthy and per- 
verse himself that no man would desire him for a friend." He d. Nov. 12, 1871; res. 
Lowell and Boston, Mass. 

2171. i. Elizabeth, b. Sept. 25, 1828; m. July 19, 1849, Salem Towne 

Lamb; res. High Street, Brookline, Mass.; b. in Charlton, Mass., 
Sept. 19, 1821; d. Apr. 16, 1883. Ch.: Henry Whitney, b. Bos- 
ton, Oct. 13, 1853; P. O. address, Lamb & Ritchie, Cambridge- 
port, Mass.; res. High Street, Brookline, Mass.; Augusta Towne, 
b. Boston, Mar. 8, 1855; P. O. address, High street, Brookline, 
Mass.; Elizabeth Whitney, b. Boston, Oct. 18, 1859; m. Arthur 
Williams, Jr., Brooklme, June 26, 1888; P. O. address, Brook- 
line, Mass. 
Israel G., b. Jan. 30, 1831; m. Christiana K. S. Sargent. 
George, b. Nov. 1, 1832; m. Mary E. Rea and Elizabeth Whitney. 
Eunice, b. Sept. 22, 1834; d. June 15. 1888. 
Stanton, b. Sept. 21, 1836; m. Alice R. Sutton. 
Fred'k, b. in 1838; d. July, 1840. 
Charles, b. Dec. 20, 1840; m. Jessie G. Perkins. 
Fred'k, b. June 22, 1843; res. Bos' on. 
Frank, b. July 2, 1846; res. Boston. 
Mary, b. Feb. 22, 1849; res. Boston. 

Edward Farley, b. Apr. 26, 1851; res. Boston; address, 43 State 
Street; in banking business; res. 37 Chestnut street. 

Michael Whitney (Elisha, Daniel, Benjamin, John John), b. Beverly, 
m. Nancy Leech; m. 2d Elizabeth Leech. He d. in 1867; res. Bev- 

W^M. Michael, b. June 12, 1820; res. Beverly. Dau. Elizabeth 
m. George Whitney. 

Elisha, b. ; res. Beverly. 

Sarah Ellen, b. ; m. Dr. Charles Haddock; res. Beverly. 

935. Rev. Peter Whitney (Aaron, Moses, Moses, Richard, John), b. Sept. 6, 
1744; m. Mar. 11, 1768, Julia Lambert, dau. of William, of Reading, b. Apr. 9,1742. 

Rev. Peter Whitney, A. M., the son of Rev. Aaron Whitney, was born in Peters- 
ham, Mass., Sept. 6. 1744. After attending the schools of his native town he entered 
Harvard College, from which institution he was graduated in the class of 1762. 
When he entered the university he was only thirteen years and ten months old — an 
age much younger than but few have entered since. One of the first acts of the 
newly incorporated town of Fitchburg was to note in town meeting, Nov. 26, 1764, 
"To have Sabbath days preaching the winter insuing." It was also voted. "To 
have preaching in Thomas Cowdin s house," and the committee on preaching were 
instructed "to apply to Peter Whitney." among others Accordingly the committee 
applied to and secured the Rev. Peter Whitney, who went there and preached in the 
tavern of Thomas Cowdin, during the summer and winter. In the year 1766 there 
was not any preaching, and the inhabitants of the town were obliged to attend in 
Lunenburg. In 1767 application was made to Rev. Peter Whitney, but having 
recived a call elsewhere, he declined. He was ordained minister at Northborough, 
Mass., Nov. 4, 1767. He was the author of an excellent history of Worcester County 
(Worcester, 1793), single sermons and papers in the " Memoirs of the American 
Academy." He was a very methodical man, always walking with his wife to meeting, 
followed by his ten children, always in the exact order of their age. He was an easy- 












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going man, perhaps more absorbed in the political issues of his day than in direct 
aggressive work. We give the following as illustrating a state of things which was 
once a matter of importance, but which has entirely passed away: A family in 
Northboro lost a member, and Dr. Puffer, of Berlin, was invited to officiate at' the 
funeral. He complied, whereupon Rev. Peter Whitney, the minister of the town, 

wrote that unless the matter was satisfactorily explained, 
all ministerial intercourse must cease. This was founded 
on the fact that the old parishes had territorial limits, be- 
yond which a minister was regarded as an interloper. Dr. 
Puffer recognized this claim, but explained his action in 
this case in such a way that Mr. Whitney was satisfied, 
and amicable relations were restored. The correspondence 
is a fine specimen of precise, dignified and courteous com- 
position. But what a change I No one would think cf 
restricting a protestant family in the choice of a minister 
on the sad occasion of a funeral. The following notice of 
Mr. Whitney is quoted from the " History of Northborough," 
by his successor, as a just tribute to his memory: "Dis- 
tinguished for the urbanity of his manners, easy and 
familiar in his intercourse with his people; hospitable to 
strangers, and always ready to give a hearty welcome to his 

numerous friends; punctual to his engagements; observing 

EEv. PETEK WHITNEY. an cxact method in the distribution of his time; having a 

time for everything, and doing everything in its time, 
without hurry or confusion; conscientious in the discharge of his duties as a Christian 
minister; catholic in his principles and in his conduct; always taking an interest in 
whatever concerned the prosperity of the town and the interests of religion — he was 
for many years the happy minister of a kind and affectionate people." His will 
was probated Sept. 28, 1813. Nahum Fay, Esq., of Northboro, was executor, and the 
document mentions his wife Julia; daughter Elizabeth; son Maj. Thomas Whitney; 
son Rev. Peter Whitney; daughter Julia, m. Capt. Antipas Brigham; daughter Mar- 
garet, m. Dr. Josiah Adams; son Capt. William Whitney; son Abel Whitney; son John 
Whitney; son Aaron Whitney; daughter Sally, m. Lemuel Bracket. He d. Feb. 19, 
1816; res. Northboro, Mass. 

2185. i. Elizabeth, b. Sept. 6, 1775; m. in Quincy, Mass., Ebenezer 

Adams. She d. s. p. Sept. 26, 1856. 
Peter, b. Jan. 19, 1770; m. Jane Lambert Lincoln. 
Abel, b. Nov. 3, 1781; m. Susanna White. 

Thomas L., b. Dec. 10, 1768; m. Mary Lincoln. He d. June, 1812. 
John, b. Sept. 29, 1785; m. Sophia Vinal. 
Julia, b. Aug. 25, 1772; m. 1799, Capt. Antipas Brigham. She d. 

Nov. 29, 1800. 
William, b. Dec. 14, 1776; m. Zilpah Eager. 

Julia, b. ; d. in infancy. 

Aaron, b. Aug. 17, 1778. Went west. 

Sally, b. Nov. 3, 1781; m. Jan. 6, 1806, Lemuel Brackett, of 
Quincy. She d. May 3, 1864. He was b. Sept. 8, 1780; d. Feb. 
14,1869. Was in real estate business. Ch.: Sally Whitney, b. 
Jan. 7, 1808; m. Jeffrey Richardson, of Boston, at Quincv, Sept. 
16, 1828; d. Dec. 2, 1837; Samuel Eaton, b. Oct. 7, 1806; m. in 
Boston to Carolina S. Callender, June 11, 1834; d. November 3, 
1890; Rebecca Richardson, b. Mar. 26, 1809; m. to William 
L. Whitney, of Cam., at Quincy, July 28, 1840; d. Dec. 3, 1881; 
James, b. Nov. 26, 1810; m. to S. Elizabeth Whitney Jan. 31, 
1856; d. Aug. 21, 1827; Julia Lambert, b. June 18. 1812; m. Jef- 
frey Richardson, June 27, 1839, at Quincy; d. Mar. 13, 1886; 
Nancy, b. Aug. 31, 1813; unm.; living; Jeffrey Richardson, b. 
Oct. 27, 1815; m. to Sarah C. Richardson, of Boston, Feb. 24, 
1851; d. Oct. 26, 1871; son of Samuel Eaton, Geo. C. Brackett, 
227 Clinton St., Brooklyn, N. Y.; dau. of Sally, Mrs. Charles F. 
White, 213 Commonwealth Ave., Boston; dau. of Rebecca, Miss 
Lucy N. Whitney, 31 Hawthorne St., Cambridge; no children 
of James; son of Julia Lambert, Dr. William L. Richardson, 225 
Commonwealth Ave., Boston; Nancy, unm. and living; son of 
. Jeffrey, Jeffrey R. Brackett, 10 Madison St., W. Baltimore, Md. 




















2195. X. . Margaret, b. Feb. 12, 1774; m. Dr. Josiah Adams, of Quincy. 
She d. Feb. 3, 1849. 

936. Dr. Paul Whitney (Aaron, Moses, Moses, Richard, John), b. Mar. 23, 
1753, in Petersham, Mass.; m. Oct. 2, 1763, Charlotte Clapp; b. East Cambridge, 
Mass., Jan. 10, 1763. She m. for her 2d husb. Rev. Martin Tullar. She d. Apr. 7, 

Dr. Paul Whitney, born March 23, 1753, died Feb., 1795, was the fifth son of 
Rev. Aaron Whitney, one of the earliest graduates of Harvard College, who was born 
in Littleton, March 14, 1714, and afterward settled in Petersham, Dec, 1738, died 
in 1779. He was a clergyman distinguished in his day and generation for piety and 
literary attainments, and in common with the clergy of that time took an active part 
in the stir»-ing events prior to, and at the time of the breaking out of the American 
Revolution, He was supposed to have had an extensive correspondence with the 
•descendants of the Whitney family in England, and to have possessed much valu- 
able statistical information relating thereto. 


While this stone shall last, let it commemorate 

Paul Whitney A M & M D 

A deacon of the church in this place, who, March 9th 1795 aged 42 departed this 

life— a man of an honest & noble heart, and though without office, was capable in 

any office, of doing honour to his Country. 

Columns and Urns but vainly show 
A Scene of decorated woe. 
The friend who's faithful and sincere, 
Will need no help to force the tear. 
Regardless of the labourd verse. 
It ffows spontaneous o'er his hearse. 
And flow it will, while virtue's friend. 
Or kindred souls a tear can lend. 
He d. Mar. 9, 1795; res. Westfield, Mass. 

Wm. Barron, b. Aug. 30, 1784; d unm. in 1832. 
Henry, b. Apr. 18, 1786; m. Nabby Tullar. 
George, b. Jan. 12, 1788; rev. to Maine; m., but d. s. p. 
Paul, b. Apr. 16, 1789; m. Lucy Cushing Stone. 
Charlotte Clapp, b. June 12, 1791; m. at Royalton, Vt., Rev. 
Chester Wright. He was b. Hanover, N. H., was a Congrega- 
tional minister; d. at Montpelier, Vt., Apr. 16, 1840. She d. June 
16, 1859. Ch.: Jonathan Edwards, b. Mar. 15, 1813; m. Fanny 
Wyman Houghton, 3 ch.; Charlotte Whitney, b. Mar. 13, 1814; 
Julia, b. Jan. 11, 1817; m. at Hardwick, Vt., July 6, 1837. Joseph 
Wilder Howes, b. Nov. 5, 1813; d. at Boston, May 13, 1890, s. p.; 
res. Montpelier, Vt.; William Wilberforce; Eliza Maria, b. Oct. 
8,1819; Mary. All deceased but Mrs. Howes. 
2201. vi. Charles Fred'k, b. May 6, 1794; d. infancy. 

937. Major Abel Whitney (Aaron, Moses, Moses, Richard, John), b. Peter- 
sham, Mass., Mar. 15, 1756; m. Dec. 23, 1783, Clarissa Dwight, b. July 4, 1762; d. at 
Northampton Aug. 22, 1820. After his death she was married in 1809 to Calvin 
Waldo, Esq., of Dalton. 

Mrs. Whitney was an intelligent and lovely woman, faithful to her household, 
and a patient, gentle, earnest and careful mother and wife. After the death of her 
second husband she resided with her son, Josiah, at whose house, in Northampton, she 

From the Dwight Book: " Major Abel Whitney, a merchant of Westfield, Mass., 
born Petersham, Mass., Mar. 15, 1756 (son of Rev. Aaron Whitney, of Littleton, Mass., 
and Alice Baker, of Phillipston, Mass.), grad. Harvard 1773, and studied law with 
Col. John Worthington, but abandoned the pursuit of the profession on account of 
the troublous times of the Revolution, and entered into mercantile life. He was a 
man of more than ordinary talents, and held several government offices, as commis- 
•sioner of taxes, postmaster, etc. He was also a Major of militia and aid to Gen. 
Sheperd, who was the commanding officer in Springfield in the battle had there in 
the Shay's rebellion. He was a decidedly religious man. He m. Dec. 23, 1783, 
Clarissa Dwight, of Springfield, b. July 4, 1762, dau. of Josiah Dwight and Elizabeth 
Buckminster." He d. Mar. 2, 1807; res. Westfield, Mass. 









2202. i. Elizabeth Buckminster, b. Jan. 4, 1785, unm.; d. at Northamp- 

ton, Jan. 31, 1860. 

2203. ii. JosiAH DwiGHT, b. July 9, 1786; m. Sarah Williston and Clarissa 

To rri pc 

2204. iii. Clarissa, b. Mar. 22, 1788, unm; d. Jan. 24, 1871, in North- 


2205. iv. Franxes, b. Dec. 5. 1789; m. Oct. 8, 1810, Rev. Horatio Waldo, b. 

iMar. 5, 1778; d. May 3, 1846. She d. Dec. 26, 1871. He was a 
son of Dr. John Waldo and grad. at Williams College in 1804, 
was a tutor there 1806-7. Settled in Griswold, Conn., 1810-30, 
but on account of poor health resigned and removed to Portage, 
N. Y., where he preached occasionally. Ch.: John, b. Aug. 10, 
1811; m. Eunice Flint; he d. Dec. 1, 1868; Dwight, b. Nov. 26, 
1814; m. Julia Ball and Juliette Hitchcock; Sarah, b. June 7, 
1818; m. Elmon D. Smith; Frances, b. June 24, 1820; m. Dr. 
Jas. S. Cowdrey; res. Lafayette, Ind.; Harriett, b. May 11, 1822; 
m. Wm. S. McNair; Margaret, b. Oct. 28, 1824; m. Dr. Lorin J. 
Ames; res. Mt. Morris, N. Y. 

2206. V. A Son, b. Aug. 3, 1791; d. same day. 

2207. vi. Fran-CIS, b. Oct. 10, 1792, unm.; d. at N. Dec. 30, 1863. 

2208. vii. Robert, b. Aug. 18, 1794; m. Margaret Dwight. 

2209. viii. Sarah, b. July 8, 1796; m. Sept. 5, 1821, Henry Marsh, b. Feb. 9, 

1797; d. June 4, 1852. The grandson of Dr. Perez, grad. Harvard 
Coll., 1748. She d. Racine, Wis., Mar. 11, 1883. He grad. Will. 
Coll. 1815; res. at Dalton and Pittsfield, Mass., Racine, Wis., 
Sandusky, O., and St. Louis; m. at Northampton, Mass. Was 
a lawyer, merchant and manufacturer. Ch.: Henry Lawrence, 
b. July 9, 1822; Rev. Dwight Whitney, b. Nov. 5, 1823; Col. Cal- 
vin Waldo, b. Apr. 8, 1825; Robert, b. Apr. 25, 1828; d. Dec. 18. 
1828; Elizabeth Willard, b. Nov. 28, 1829; d. Apr. 24. 1882; 
Clarissa Dwight, b. Feb. 4, 1834; Sarah Williams, b. May 24, 
1836; d. May 14, 1841; Charles Francis, b. Oct. 11, 1842; all b. at 
Dalton except C. F.,b. at Pittsfield. 

2210. ix. Caroline, b. May 10, 1798; d. Aug. 21, 1804. 

2211. X. Abel, b. Mar. 15, 1800; m. Pamelia Babcock and Belinda Baxter 


2212. xi. Hannah Buckminster, b. Dec. 28, 1802; d. Aug. 12, 1804. 

939. Aaron Whitney (Aaron, Moses, Mose^. Richard, John), b. Petersham, 
Sept. 5, 1746; m. 1772. Hannah Stearnes, b. Nov. 14, 1748; d. Feb. 1, 1784; m. 2d 
Sept., 1784. Hannah Willard; b. Oct. 14, 1754; d. Sept. 28, 1812. 

He was the fourth son of Rev. Aaron Whitney, of Petersham. His first wife 
was dau. of Rev. David Stearnes, of Lunenburg. After his death his widow m. Mar. 
16, 1794, Asahel Pomeroy, of Northampton, by whom she had one child, Hannah, b. 
Jan. 31, 1795, who m. Robert Edwards. Aaron was a merchant in Northfield, Mass. 
He d. Apr., 1790; res. Northfield, Mass. 

2213. iii. William Henry, b. Jan. 22, 1779; m. Clarissa Wolcott. 

2214. i. Aaron Stearns, b. Aug. 27, 1773; d. Charleston, S. C, Aug. 6, 


2215. ii. Sally Baker, b. Feb. 28, 1775; m. Erastus Barnard; res. Canan- 

daigua, N. Y. She d. July 15, 1825. Ch.: Maria Augusta, b. 
Nov., 1800; Sally, b. Sept., 1803; Erastus Stearns, b. May, 1805; 
d. N. O., La., 18;34; Charles Backus, b. Apr., 1807; Selah Eben- 
ezer, b. July, 1809; Ann Elizabeth, b. Sept., 1812; David, b. June, 
1815; Manning Goodwin, b. Apr., 1818. 

2216. iv. Nahum H., b. Aug. 15, 1781; res. Vt.; unm. 

2217. V. David S., b. Dec. 22. 1783; d. young. 

2218. vi. Susanna W., b. Sept. 17, 1785; d. Jan., 1786. 

2219. vii. Susanna W., b. Dec. 14, 1786; m. Theodore Lyman; 10 ch.; see 

Lyman Gen. 

2220. viii. David S., b. Aug. 22, 1788; m. Hannah H. Partridge. 

2221. ix. Hannah S., b. Mar. 27, 1777; m. Nov. 3, 1798, Oliver Sparhawk, 

Esq., of Walpole. He was b. in Walpole, July 16, 1771; d, 
July 6, 1824; gr. Dartmouth College, 1793, a lawyer and for 
many years clerk of the court. He m. his cousin, Hannah 




















Stearnes Whitney, who d. Aug. 25,1818; m. 2d his cousin, Sept. 
5, 1819. Naomi Sparhawk. Ch.: Marietta, b. Aug. 12, 1801; d. 

unm. Dec. 9, 1840; Thomas O., b. 16, 1803; a druggist; 

res. Greenfield; Julianna, b. Sept. 4, 1804; m. Calvin Carter; 
res. Lapeer Co., Mich.; Hannah S.,b. July 22, 1806; res. G.; unm.; 
William, b. May 12, 1808; d. June 24, 1834; Lucius H., b. Oct. 
11, 1810; d. June, 1813; Sarah Whitney, b. Sept. 15, 1812; m. 
Thomas S. Speed; res. Bardstown, Ky.; she d. 1843; 3 ch.; 
Rebecca S., b. Oct. 20, 1814; d. Oct. 14, 1833; Sophia Ann, b. 
Dec. 4, 1816; d. Elba, Mich.. Oct. 13. 1844. 

946. Jacob Whitney (Abraham. Abraham. Moses, Richard, John), b. July 7, 
1754; m. in Bolton, Sept. 30, 1779. Esther Walcott, of Bolton; b. Mar. 5, 1761; d. Dec. 
18, 1837. He served in the Revolutionary army, in the Bolton company, under Capt. 
Sargent. He d. Oct. 24. 1844; res. Stow. Mass. 

■ Jacob, b. Oct. 8. 1787; m. Maria Goldsmith. 

Levi, b. Nov. 11, 1780; has son Charles in California. 

Keziah, b. Nov. 11, 1782; m. Page; res. New Salem, Mass. 

josiAH. b. June 11, 1785; d. Aug. 10, 1823. 
Jesse, b. Jan. 26. 1790; m. Rebecca Newell. 
Abraham, b. Jan. 6. 1794; d. Oct. 16. 1815. 
Lydia, b. Aug. 5, 1796. 

Isaac, b. Dec. 4, 1798; m. Marcia J. Barclay. 

Eunice, b. Nov. 8, 1807; m. Eliakam Hutchings, of Westford. 
Mass. Ch.: Whitney, res. Templeton. Mass.; Milo. res. Bille- 
rica; Carrie, m. Emery J. Whitney; res. Littleton, Mass.; New- 
ton; res. Lowell, Mass. 

948. Dea. Isaac Whitney (Abraham, Abraham, Moses, Richard, John), b. 
Stow, Feb. 1, 1749; m. May 12, 1774. Lucy Mead, of Boxboro. He d. Apr. 29, 1815; 
res. Stow and Harvard, Mass. 

2231. i. Polly or Mary, b. Dec. 13, 1779; m. Cyrus Whitney, s. of Isaiah. 


2232. ii. Moses, b. Feb. 14, 1782; m. Lucv Gates. 

2233. iii. Susan, b. Mar. 26. 1785; m. Apr. 16, 1807, Phineas Conant, of Stow. 

He was born in Stow, Mass., in 1783. and resided there until 
1827, when he moved to Maine, and in 1836 to Constantia, N. Y., 
where he died July 18, 1842. He was selectman and postmaster 
tor years. Ch.: Daniel Gates, b. Jan. 17, 1808; d. young; Jona- 
than Newell, b. Aug. 13, 1810; m. Sarah Jewell; res. W. Vienna, 
N. Y.; prominent citizen; been postmaster and justice of the 
peace for 22 years; Charles, b. July 5, 1812; Andrew, b. May 18, 
1814; m. Ann B. Jewell; res. Rock Island, 111. 

2234. iv. Asa Willard, b. Apr. 24, 1787; m. Abigail Whitcomb. 

2235. V. Clarissa, b. Oct. 28, 1795; d. childhood. 

2236. vi. Isaac, b. Apr., 1775; m. Mary Hill and Hannah Haskell. 

949. Capt. Abraham Whitney (Abraham, Abraham, Moses, Richard, John), 
b. Stow, Jan. 7, 1752; m. Mav 10, 1780, Hitty Ware, b. Aug. 3, 1758; d. Sept. 25, 1793; 
m. 2d, Sarah Whitman, b. 1760; d. Mar. 29, 1795; m.-3d, Nov. 13, 1796, Catherine 
Wood, b. 1766; d. Apr. 7, 1802; m. 4th, Mrs. Sarah (Conant) Jewell, widow of Ezra 
Jewell, b. Dec 4, 1762; d. July 21. 1855. 

Capt. Abraham Whitney was a native of Stow, Mass., and resided there until 
1805, when he moved to Waterford, Me. At one time he was high sheriff of Mid- 
dlesex County. On settling in Maine he erected a grist mill in 1810, and that year 
was elected one of the selectmen of W. He was in the Revolutionary army, prob- 
ably in the company from Bolton, Apr. 10, 1818; he was granted a pension from 
Kennebec Co., Me., when 76 years of age. He d. Waterford, Me., 1814; res. Stow, 
Mass.. and Waterford, Me. 

Nabby. b. Nov. 12. 1780; m. Mar. 9, 1803, James Williams. 

Rhoda, b. Dec. 3. 1782; d. Jan. 4, 1785. 

Sally, b. Dec. 10, 1783; m. Bancroft Williams. 

Joseph, b. Jan. 16, 1787; d. Dec. 13, 1789. 

Lucy. b. July 23, 1790. 

John, b. Oct. 14, 1792. 

Wetherbee, b. Feb. 12, 1795; d. June 22, 1796. 


























2244. viii. Jonathan, b. ; m. Abigail Brooks. 

2245. ix. Catherine, b. in Waterford, Me., July 12, 1804; m. 1825, Joseph 

M. Thompson, b. 1804, res. Gorham, N. H., prop. Glen House. 
She d. 1889. Ch.: Caroline E., m. Joseph R. Lafkin; Abraham 
W., m. Frances E. Stevens; Charles M., m. Annette E. East- 
man; Geo. F.; Harriett N., m. Stephen H. Cummings. 

2246. X. Abraham, b. Sept. 16, 1805; m. Mary A. Hopkins. 

2247. xi. Cristopher, b. Dec. 5, 1806; m. Dolly Brooks. 

959. Jonas Whitney (Jonas, Jonas, Moses, Richard, John), b. Harvard, May 3,. 
1756; m. Relief Holt. 

He was a member of the company commanded by Capt. David Moore, from 
Bolton, in the Revolutionary war, and participated in the reoccupation of Rhode 
Island, Oct. 25, 1779. On his return home the following year, 1780, he was elected 
one of the town committee on correspondence and safety. In 1786 he was elected 
selectman. With four others he built the first aqueduct in Harvard, in Nov., 1796,. 
laying wood pipes to carry water to his residence from a spring near by. Jonas 
Whitney's widow's dower: She is appointed and authorized on oath to appraise all 
the real estate whereof Jonas Whitnev, late of Harvard, deceased, left, and to set off 
to the widow. Relief Whitney, her thirds, Feb. 4, 1804. He d. Nov. 26, 1803; res. Har- 
vard, Mass. 

Zebudah, b. Feb. 28, 1782. 

Jonas, b. June 10, 1784; d. Norfolk, Va., Sept. 23, 1807. 

Nabbv, b. Mar. 25, 1786; d. unm. 

R.ACHEL, b. Apr. 17, 1788; m. Russell. 

Sally, b. Oct. 26, 1789; m. John Ellis. 

Levi, b. Aug. 23, 1793; m. Mary . She d. 1889. He kept 

the Commercial Coffee House in Boston, Mass. 

2254. vii. Relief, b. Nov. 4, 1799; m. Oct. 31, 1826, Gillum Barnes, b. Mar. 

5, 1800; he d. Mar. 11, 1884; she d. Feb. 25, 1870. Ch.: Francis 
Gillum, b. Aug. 5, 1829; m. Lydia J. Coombs, Mar. 1, 1854; d. May 
31, 1888; George Henry, b. July 8, 1831; m. Georgiannia Hart- 
well, Oct. 31, 1855; P. O. address, Brighton, Mass.; Luther 
^ Edward, b. Feb. 2, 1834; m. H. Louisa Hale, Jan. 10, 1861; d. 
Nov. 21, 1869; Theodore Loring, b. July 5, 1836; d. Apr. 4, 1864; 
Mary Metcalf.b. Mar. 25, 1839; m. Horace Blaney, June 28, 1866, 
P. O. address, Georgetown, Fla.; Levi Whitnev, b. Feb. 4, 1841;. 
m. Laura E. Cook, Dec. 25, 1863; d. Sept. 5, 1869. 

2255. viii. Sophronia, b. Sept. 3. 1802; m. John Ellis. 

2256. ix. Infant, b. ; d. Aug. 4, 1780. 

961. Lieut. Salmon Whitney (Jonas, Jonas, Moses, Richard, John), b. Harvard,. 
Feb. 16, 1760; m. Hepsabeth Raymond, b. 1761. d. Dec. 6, 1850. She made her will 
Nov. 10, 1845. It was probated Jan. 7, 1857. 

He was born in Harvard, where he always resided, was a farmer, and when the 
Revolutionary war broke out he enlisted at once. The first record of his enlistment 
that has been found was July 10, 1776, for 8 months' service at Dorchester Heights in 
Capt. Sawyer's Co., from Lancaster. In 1777 he was in Capt. Joseph Sergeant's Co.,, 
from Princeton, in Col. Steam's Regt., for service in Rhode Island. In 1780 he was 
a Lieut, in the company of Capt. Wm. Scott. He was then 20 years of age, and 5 
feet 7 inches in height. 

On his memorial tablet in the Harvard Cemetery are these lines, which are. 
much admired: 

"As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness. 
I shall be satisfied when I awake in thy likeness." 

He d. in 1844; res. Harvard, Mass. 

Salmon, b. Jan. 31, 1788; m. Eliza Sumner and Alsa P. Pond. 
Ephraim, b. June 12, 1791; Dr. and d. Apr. 1846; res. Cambridge 

St., Boston, Mass. 
John, b. Sept. 1, 1803; m. Mary A. Jewett. 
Justin, b. July 24, 1801; m. Mary C. Cotton. 
Nathan, b. Aug. 1, 1793; m. Nancy Farwell. 
PERSis,b. Aug. 12, 1796; m. Jan. 2, 1822, Simeon Wetherbee, of 

Boxboro; had dau. Caroline R. She d. Nov. 1. 1868, at Boxboro^ 














962. Joel Whitney (Jonas, Jonas, Moses, Richard, John), b. Harvard, Mass., 
Oct. 15, 1762; m. in Rindge, N. H., 1786, Lydia Willard; b. Harvard, Mar. 6, 1786; d. 
Jan. 8, 1856, in Sublette, 111. 

While in the employ of Rev. Seth Payson at Rindge, N. H., he met his future 
wife, who was a member of the minister's family. She was smart, active, intelli- 
gent, and unusually neat. She was a devout Christian, and the marriage was a happy 
one. Mr. Whitney served in the army during the Revolutionary war in the Massa- 
chusetts Continental line, and during the latter part of his life drew a pension from 
Nov. 24, 1832. He also served in the war of 1812. Those who knew him say his 
word was as good as his bond. He d. Feb. 1, 1842; res. Fitzwilliam, N. H. 

2263. i. LvDiA, b. Oct. 21, 1787; m. May 23, 1817, Abial Foster. He was 
born in Tewksbury, and enlisted in the Continental army when 
but' sixteen years of age and remained in active service until its 
close. He was wounded in the leg by a bullet which he carried 
through life. During the Revolutionary war he was captured 
by the British and taken as a prisoner of war to England. He 
was subsequently exchanged and returned to this country. He 
drew a pension from the government, and Amos A. Parker, aged 
101 years (now 1893), the oldest living college graduate, has a 
receipt signed by Abial Foster. She died Sept., 1846, in Fitch- 
burg, Mass. He res. in Tewksbury, Mass., and was b. June 25, 
1763; d. Jan. 25, 1832. Ch.: Daniel Whitney, b. June 16. 1818; d. 
unm., Mav 17, 1844; Julia, b. Sept. 5, l!^20; m. Oct. 12, 1840, Jonas 
Brooks of Dublin, N. H.; had 7 ch., and d. Feb. 10, 1890; 
Zebuda, b. Dec. 12, 1822; m. Samuel Whitney (see); Willard, b. 
. Dec. 18, 1825, n. f. k. 
Lemuel, b. July 7, 1789; d. unm. in 1862, Deerfield, Mass. 

Joel, b. Feb. 29, 1792; m. . 

Jesse, b. Nov. 8, 1794; m. 













Daniel, b. May 9, 1797; d. in Boston, Mass., 1817. 
Grata, b. Mar. 25, 1801; m. Benjamin B. Morse. 
Willard, b. Feb. 13, 1804; d. Apr. 7, 1825. 

963. Israel Whitney (Jonas, Jonas, Moses, Richard, John), b. Jan. 16, 1767, in 
Harvard; m. there Mar. 30, 17^8, Susannah Gerrv; b. Harvard, Apr. 10, 176y;d. North 
Hero, Vt., Feb. 11, 1848. 

He was born in Harvard, Worcester Co., Mass.; worked on his father's farm. 
Soon after his marriage he moved to Littleton, Mass., then to Fitzwilliam, N. H.;and 
soon after a short residence in Sudbury to North Hero, Vt., where he afterward 
resided. He d. Feb. 12, 1842; res. Littleton, Mass.; Fitzwilliam, N. H., and Sudbury 
and North Hero, Vt. 

2270. i. Israel, b. Littleton, May 31,1790; d. unm., killed by a falling tree, 

at North Hero, Vt., in 1816. 

2271. ii. Susannah, b. Sept. 24, 1792; m. John Darrow of Alburgh, Vt.; b. 

; m. Lucien Clark; res. Dickinson, N. Y. 

2272. iii. Betsey, b. July 26, 1794; m. Sept., 1816, Aaron Davis of Bradford, 

\t. He was a shoemaker. Ch.: Levi W., b. Julv 1, 1817, North 
Hero, Grand Isle Co., Vt.; m. Oct. 12, 1843; res. Pittsford, N. Y.; 
Nelson, b. Aug., 1818, North Hero, Vt.; Loren, b. Aug., 1820, 
North Hero, Vt. Loren died at Lone Rock, Wis., 1863; do not 
know the address of any of his children. (Nelson's, Oconto, 
Wis.) There were five of the Hazen children: Harris, Harriet,. 
Harvey, Dan, Josephus. Harris, Harriet, Josephus died in Can- 
ada; Harvey is in Dickinson, N. Y.; Dan in Burlington, Vt. 

Peter, b. Aug. 16, 1799; m. Lucina Fisk and Laura Farr. 

Gary, b. ; m. Patty Hazen. 

Levi, b. ; d. at North Hero, unm. 

LucENA, b. May 10, 1809; m. Sept., 1827; Daniel Hazen of North 
Hero. He was b. Mar., 1800; d. Mar. 30, 1828. She m. 2d, Jan., 
1837, Ralph Hazen. She d. Aug. 27, 1867. Ch.: Daniel, b. Aug. 
13, 1827; m. Sept. 8, 1852, Laura Ann Kinsley; res. Hiawatha, 
Kan.; Cevlon, b. May 9, 18:^; m. July, 1857, Jennette Roach; res. 
Rolf, la.;' Ann Augusta, b. Sept. 12, 1840; d. Oct. 12. 1850. 

2277. viii. Abigail, b. ; m. Henry H. Hazen of North Hero. Ch.: Sum- 
ner L.,b. ; m. ; res. Malone, N. Y. 

2278. ix. Sealand, b. Nov. 2, 1799; m. Sybil Landon. 




















965. Levi Whitney (Jonas, Jonas, Moses, Richard, John), b. Harvard June 23, 
1751; m. Sept. 12, 1772, Sarah Lawrence; d. Oct. 19, 1783; m. 2d, Dec. 25, 1783, Hepsi- 
beth Fay, or Westboro, Oct. 1, 1759. At the time of his marriage he resided in Con- 
cord. He d. in 1786; res. Concord and Westminster, Mass., Rindge and Marlboro, 
N. H. 

2279. i. Sarah, b. June 12, 1774. 

2280. ii. Lydia, b. May 20, 1776; m. in 1796 Tarrant Cutler. He was b. 

Sept. 10, 1770, and d. at Royalston in 1841. Ch.: Sarah, b. Apr. 
19, 1798; m. Benj. Heywood; Melinda, b. Mar. 16, 1880; m. 
Abijah Richardson; m. 2d Benoni Peck; John, b. Oct. 13, 1802; 
m. Elizabeth Jacobs; res. Exeter, Me.; Lysander, General, b. 
Feb. 16, 1807; m. Catherine Bassett; res. Milwaukee, Wis.; Lydia, 
b. Mar. 27, 1809; Levi,b. Aug.7, 1811; m. PriscillaTibbetts; m.2d 
Sarah Hill; m. 3d Ann S. Hogeboom; res. Ghent, N. Y.; Tarrant, 
b. Sept. 8, 1813; res. Fitchburg, Mass.; George, b. July 20, 1815; m. 
Mary Howe; res. Bangor, Me.; Otis, b. Oct. 17, 1817; res. Port- 
land, Me. 

Levi, b. May 12, 1778; d. Dec. 1, 1780. 

John, b. Aug. 26, 1780. 

Betsey, b. Apr. 5, 1783. 

Levi, b. Sept. 28, 1784; m. and res. Plymouth, Vt. 

Amos, b. 1786; m. Sophia Harris. 

967. Judge Lemuel Whitney (Ephraim. Jonas, Moses, Richard, John), b. 
Petersham, Mass., Oct. 18, 1764; m. there Sept. 6, 1787, Lydia Bryant; b. in 1767; d. 
May 27, 1800, in Springfield, Mass. 

Hon. Lemuel Whitney was born in Petersham, Mass. He moved to Vermont in 
1785, and first resided at Newfane, where he was sheriff of the county and one of the 
prominent men in that part of the state. By trade he was a silversmith. In 1790 he 
moved to Brattleboro, and at once took a leading part in the affairs of that place. 
For ten years he was representative; from 1801 to 1824 clerk of the Supreme Court; 
1801 to 1820 clerk of the county; 1817 to 1828 judge of probate; 1790 to 1847 justice of 
the peace. He was retentive in memory, frank, tree and fearless in the expression 
of his sentiments. He d. Apr. 17, 1847; res. Petersham, Mass., and Brattleboro, Vt. 

Samuel, b. May 23, 1791; m. Amelia Hyde.' 

Harry, b. P., Sept. 2, 1789. 

George, b. . 

Lemuel b. . 

Susan, b. P., Nov. 22, 1787; m. Ellis, and left 3 children. 

Laura, b. 1796; d. in Woodstock, in 1875, unm. She was blind. 

969. Samuel Winslow Whitney (Ephraim, Jonas, Moses, Richard, John), b. 

Petersham, Mass., Dec. 17, 1769; m. . He d. in 1852; res. Brattleboro, 

Vt., and Malone, N. Y. 

2292. i. Edward Winslow, b. in 1801; m. Lavinia Bruce Bemis. 

970. John Whitney (Ephraim, Jonas, Moses, Richard, John), b. Petersham, 
Mass., July 1, 1760; m. Nov. 8, 1787, Hannah Bigelow; b. 1768; d. Aug. 8, 1828. 

He was born in Petersham, Mass., and moved to Newfane on a farm. Later he 
moved to West Dummerston, where he followed farming and ever after resided. He 
d. Oct. 13, 1849; res. Newfane and Dover, Vt.,Coleraine, Mass., and West Dummers- 
ton, Vt. 

RuFUS, b. Aug. 28, 1793; m. Lois Miller. 

Daniel Bigelow, b. Mar. 1802; m. Lucretia Fletcher. 

Mary, b. July 7, 1796; d. unm. Oct. 14, 1826. 

Sarah, b. . 

Arad, b. 1790; m. and left two daus., Mrs. Mary A. Smith and 

Louisa; res. Glens Falls, N. Y. 
Ephraim, b. Feb. 26, 1805; m. Mary Ann Dennison. 
Levi, b. Dec. 18, 1791; d. unm. at Dummerston, Apr., 1861. 

Richard, b. . 

John, b. Apr. 29, 1800; m. Sarah Wilson, and d. Oct. 12, 1844. Ch.: 
Geo. T., b. Nov. 8, 1840; d, in army during the Civil war; Will- 
iam G., b. Mar., 1843; d. in army during the Civil war. 
2302. X. Hannah, b. Sept. 24, 1798; d. unm. Dec. 23, 1842. 































2303. xi. Augustus, b. May 20, 1788. He was m. and left several ch., one 

of whom was Richard. 

■ 976. Abel Whitney (Timothy, Jonas, Moses, Richard, John), b. Harvard, Mass., 
Sept. 19, 1762; m. ; res. Harvard, Mass. 

2304. i. Abel, b. in 1786; m. Abigail H. Townsend. 

977. Simon Whitney (Timothy, Jonas, Moses, Richard, John), b. Harvard, 
June 28, 1766; m. in Petersham, Mar. 20, 1783, Lucy Hammond, of Newton, dau. of 
Enoch, b. Petersham, Dec. 24. 1766; d. 1846. 

May 20, 1824, Oliver and the widow Lucy, were appointed executors of Simon's 
will. In it were mentioned, wife Lucy, sons Oliver, Lewis and John Whitney, daus. 
Nancy Whitney and Julia Ann Whitney, son Timothy, daus. Lucy Bryant, Betsey 
Bowker, sons Simon and George. He a. Mar. 12, 1826; res. Petersham, Mass. 

2305. i. Oliver, b. Aug. 14, 1783; d. unm. in P., Apr. 10, 1866. 

2306. ii. Lucy, b. May 17, 1791; m. at Essex, \'t., Amasa Bryant. Shed. 

at Essex, Jan. 16, 1876. He was b. Oct. 18, 1791; d, Aug. 12, 1861 
res. Essex, \'t.; he was a prominent citizen and farmer. Ch. 
Charlotte Eliza, b. July 7, 1825; m. Nov. 1, 1849, Hiram R. Prate 
res. Colorado Springs, Col.; Ellen Amelia, b. July 23, 1834; m 
Nov. 27, 1856, Enoch Howe; res. Burlington, Vt. 

2307. iii. Nancy, b. Apr. 29, 1786; d. Sept. 12, 1786. 

2308. iv. Timothy, b. Apr. 2, 1789; m. Lucy Bryant. 

2809. V. Betsey, b. Dec. 19, 1793; m. Nov. 10, 1814, John Bowker, b. Mar. 
10,1791; d. Jan. 22, 1871. She d. Jan. 17, 1844. Farmer; res. 
Petersham, Mass. Ch.: John, b. Aug. 6, 1816; d. Aug. 6, 1815; 
Eliza, b. Aug. 27, 1817; m. Apr. 2. 18.38. Wm. Willard Loring; 
res. Barre, Mass.; Henry, b. Nov. 8, 1818; m. Apr. 19, 1843, 
Sarah Davis; res. Greenfield, Mass.; Laura, b. Sept. 23, 1820; m. 
Apr. 27, 1842, Dexter Cheney; res. Athol Center, Mass.; John, b. 
July 8, 1822; d. July 17, 1822; Ellen, b. Feb. 14, 1824; m. Feb. 
20, 1844, John W. Bryant; res. Orange, Mass.; Mary, b. Nov. 20, 
1826; d. Nov. 20, 1825; Lewis, b. Feb. 25, 1827; d. Aug. 2, 1832; 
Amelia, b. May 31, 1829; d. Jan. 30, 1831; Lucia, b. June 10. 
1831; d. Dec. 8, 1837; Mary Frances, b. Mar. 21, 1835; d. Apr. 4, 

2310. vi. Simon, b. Nov. 25, 1795; m. Sarah Holmes. 

2311. vii. George, b. Feb. 12, 1800; m. Lucy Kellogg, Mrs. Emeline Tyler, 

and Mrs. Caroline Walton. 

2312. viii. Lewis, b. June 12, 1803; m. Pamelia V. Day. 

2313. ix. John, b. Dec. 11, 1806; m. Harriett F. Bruce. 

2314. X. Julia Ann, b. Sept. 6, 1807; m. Sept. 26, 1830. Eleazer Metcalf 

Wilson, b. July 25, 1804; d. Dec. 24, 1890, in Pembroke, N. H. 
She d. Nov. 4. 1869. Ch.: Helen M.. b. Nov. 8, 1832; res. Pem- 
broke, N. H.; Julia F.. b. Nov. 11, 1834; m. Chas. E. Eaton; res. 
S. Worthington St.. Boston, Mass.; he d. Oct. 7, 1886; Georgi- 
ana, b. Dec. 12, 1836; m. Frank P. Reed; res. Pembroke; 
Charles E., b. May 6, 1839; d. May 1868; Catherine S. C, b. 
Oct. 3, 1842; m. Frank D. Abbott: re s. Concord, N. H.; John M.. 
b. Dec. 26, 1849; d Dec, 188Ji. 

2315. xi. Nancy, b. Apr. 21, 1787; d. unm. Mar. 6, 1846. 

2316. xii. Amory, b. Sept. 26, 1797; d. Sept. 12, 1800. 

979. Peter Whitney (Timothy, Jonas, Moses, Richard, John), b. Harvard, 
Mass., Apr. 20, 1760; m. Mary Blair; d. Mar. 11, 1826. He was a tailor and resided 
at Chester, where he conducted his business. Was buried in Huntington. He d. 
Mar 6, 1826; res. Chester, Mass. 

George, b. May 20, 1806; m. Amanda M. Henry. 
Solomon Blair, b. in 1785; m. Mary Dear. 

Hezekiah, b. ; res. Huntington, Mass. 

Theodore, b. ; m. Manila Ann Avery. 

Eliza, b. Sept. 20, 1804; m. Aug. 19, 1828, John Wells Loomis. b. 
May 23. 1806. He was a manufacturer of tobacco and cigars; 
res. Suffield, Conn. She d. there Mar. 22, 1871. 
Laura, b. . 













2323. vii. Nancy, b. Chester; m. at Salisbury, Conn., Elisha Avery; was a 

farmer and d. at Montgomery, Mass. 

2324. viii. Polly, b. ; m. Francis Harwood; res. Huntington, Mass. 

980. Silas Whitney (Timothy, Jonas, Moses, Richard, John), b. Petersham, 
Apr. 29, 1762; m. at Stockbridge, Mass., Oct. 4, 1789, Mamre Bradley, b. 1765, d. Apr. 
20, 1835. 

Silas Whitney was a farmer and followed agricultural pursuits all his life. He 
was honest and much respected and beloved by his fellow citizens in Stockbridge. 
He d. Apr. 11, 1807; res. Stockbridge. Mass. 

2.325. i. Abigail Tarbox Pepoon, b. ■ ; d. unm. 

2326. ii. Harriett, b. Feb. 9. 1793; m. at Stock. Elisha Curtis. He was 

b. July 15, 1789; d. Aug. 28, 1840; was a merchant. Ch.: William 

Brown; res. New Rochelle, N. Y.; Silas Whitney, d. ; 

Catherine, d. Dec. 12, 1828, ae. 9; Mary Mamre, d. Apr. 22, 1885, 

ae. 61; George Elnathan, d. ; Robert Galpin, d. — ; 

Henry Elisha. 

2327. iii. George, b. Jan. 6, 1795; m. Parmela F. Fenn. 

2328. iv. William, b. ; m. Anna Jones. 

2329. V. Cornelia, b. — ; m. Luke Ashburner. He was b. in England. 

They had one son, William, who m. Emeline Field, dau. of 
Stephen, one of the Field family in Stockbridge. He d. in 
California in 1891, s. p. The widow res. at 1014 Pine St., San 
Francisco, Cal. "William was appointed by the President of the 
U. S. in 1864 as a Stale Commissioner to manage lands. 

2330. vi. Mary, b. — ; d. unm. 

2331. vii. Charlotte, b. ; m. Hon. James Fowler, of Westfield, 

Mass.; his second wife. She d. s. p. 

981. Timothy Whitney (Timothy, Jonas, Moses, Richard, John), b. Petersham, 
Mass., Apr. 22, 1766; m. Lois Baker; b. May 30, 1770; d. Mar. 2,1826; m. 2d Mrs. 

Timothy Whitney was born in Petersham, Mass., but moved to Lanesborough 
early in life. He had all his children by his first wife, Lois Baker. He was a medium 
sized man, rather stocky in his old age, bald-headed, blue-eyed, very amiable, and 
fond of children, jolly, popular, and respected. He was the chief merchant in Lanes- 
borough and postmaster for many years; also Register of Deeds for Berkshire Co. 
He was a fine penman, accurate, and methodical. Was a prominent member of the 
Congregational church. He d. Feb. 14, 1.541 ; res. Petersham, Otis, and Lanesborough, 

2332. iii. Richard, b. Aug. 2, 1800; m. Clarissa Tower. 

2333. i. Silas, b. ; d. voung; unm. 

2334. ii. Sophia, b. Feb. 18," 1796; m. Henry Hubbard. She d. Sept. 9, 

1863. He was b. in Sheffield, Mass., May 22, 1783; d. Dec. 25, 
1863. He was a leading lawyer there. Ch.: Henry, b. Jan. 
21,1816; d. unknown; Douglas S., b. Jan. 21, 1817; d. Sept. 19, 
1885; John W., b. Jan. 9, 1819; res. Waterville, N. Y.; Sophia, 
b. Apr. 2, 1820; d. Mar. 21, 1826; Elizabeth A., b. May 1, 1822; 
m. at Albany, N. Y., in June, 1864, Joseph E. A. Smith, b. Feb. 
4,1822. He is the well known historian; res. Pittsfield; Frances, 
b. Sept. 9, 1825; d.l825; Fred, b. Nov. 1,1826; d. Jan., 1890. Agnes, 
child of Douglas, res. Brooklyn, N. Y.; Harry T., child of Fred, 
res. New York City. 

2335. iv. Eliza, b. ; m. 1823, Socrates Squier; she d. 1826. Ch.: 

George L., only child, b. 1824. He resides in Buffalo, N. Y.; 
is president of the Geo. L. Squier Mfg. Co., manufacturers of 
sugar, rice, and coffee machinery, agricultural implements, and 
mill engines. 

2336. V. Adeline, b. ; m.; a dau. is Mrs. J. W. Peck; res. New 

Britain, Conn. 

982. Dea. Hezekiah Whitney (Timothy, Jonas, Moses, Richard, John), b. 
Harvard, Mass., Oct. 14, 1766; m. Mehitable Haven. 

He was a farmer all his life and resided in the east part of Otis, Mass. He 
chronicles the following: "One Sunday, July 11, 1819, God visited us with lightning 








and thunder and destroyed the south part of the house and preserved our lives in 
the north end of the house." The house was struck by lightning while the family was 
at prayer one warm Sabbath evening. A curious fact was that every room in the 
house was damaged but the one occupied by the family at the time. No one was hurt, 
although his daughter, Julia, was struck to the floor, as she stood near a window. 
The house is yet standing, I think. He married his wife against the wishes of his 
father, but he was soon reconciled. " Mehitable was a very handsome girl and 
remarkably smart." He was a very patient, gentle man, was a deacon in the Pres- 
byterian church. He d. Oct. 25, 1839; res. Otis, Mass. 

Paul, b. June 18, 1793; m. Rebecca Desire Freeman and Mrs. 
Harriett (Wheeler) Roberts. 

Julia, b. ; m. Jesse Williams; res. Sandisfielo, Mass. A 

son, Orville, is a physician. She d. Aug. 6, 1856, in New Boston, 

Hannah, b. ; m. Isaac Snow; res. Otis. 

Mehitable, b. ; m. Galpin. Had 2 sons. Mehit- 
able Whitney, daughter of Hezekiah Whitney, was a small, 
frail woman, waist measure when a girl less than eighteen 
inches; her whole figure well proportioned. Yet this frail, little 
woman, once in winter when the deep snow made stout 
men wait before braving it, found the supply of fuel almost 
gone and her father too ill to go for any. She donned her 
lather's coat and trousers, boots and mittens, yoked the oxen, 
and with shovel to help clear away the snow, went into the 
woods alone, cut down, drew home, and cut for the fire wood 
enough to last till her father was well again. 

2341. V. Hezekiah, b. ; d. unm. at Buffalo, N. Y. 

2342. vi. William, b. ; d. in infancy. 

2343. vii. Juliette, b. ; m. John Bowen. 

2344. viii. Sally, b. ; m. John Bowen. After her death he m. Juliette. 

2345. ix. Lucy, b. ; m. Chatfield. 

2546. X. Tabitha, b. ; m. John Bowen. 

983. Dr. Jonathan Whitney (Timothy, Jonas, Moses, Richard, John), b. Otis, 
Mass., Sei-t. 14, 1768; m. Nov. 27, 18U0, Dolly Smith; b. Mar. 17, 1782; d. in Cayuga, 
N. Y., in 1846. Her father was a sea captain. 

He was l)orn in Otis, Mass., the son of Timothy and Alice (Whitney) Whitney. 
With his parents he moved to Petersham, Mass., where he passed his early life and 
where he studied medicine. Soon after his majority he started for the west, locating 
in Cayuga, N. Y., where he was one of the earliest settlers. He was a physician of 
eminence and, with a few others at the beginning of the century, made the eastern 
shore of Cayuga Lake famous throughout the state. Dr. Whitney was highly 
respected by the entire community. Cayuga bridge was built in 1797. There was 
only a log tavern, built by Mr. Hardenburg at Auburn, when he passed through. 
Cayuga at that time was the county seat. He first located in Cayuga. After remain- 
ing there a few years he sold his rigs and moved to Batavia, N. Y. After a year's 
residence there, the physician at Cayuga died and the people sent for him to return, 
which he did, and remained there the rest of his life. He d. Julv, 1850; res. Cavuga, 
N. Y. 

2347. i. William, b. Aug. 15, 1815; m. Elizabeth J. Turner. 

2^:^48. ii. Charles H., b. Jan. 25, 1824; m. Elizabeth Lowe. . 

2:349.. iii. Edwin H., b. Oct. 7, 1806; m. Jane Horton and Eliza ]. Kvle. 

2350. iv. Mary Brainerd, b. Sept. 12, 1801; m. Feb. 15, 1827, Cutler L. 
Laflin. He was b. in Southwick, Mass., Oct. 17, 1799; d. at 
Westfield, Oct. 2, 1877. She d. there Dec. 25, 1885; res. West- 
field, Mass. He was emphatically the architect of his own 
fortunes. Honesty, economy, and application tell the story of 
his successful career. From a clerkship at Suffield, Conn., he 
went to Gorham, Me., and engaged in the powder business. 
Later he was in the fur trade in Montreal and Quebec. Dis- 
posing of this business, he returned to the States and engaged 
m the manufacture of paper at Lee, Mass. The business at 
Lee was finally discontinued, when Mr. Laflin opened a commis- 
sion paper warehouse in New Orleans with a Mr. Steavens of 


New Marlboro, under the name of Laflin, Steavens & Co. This 
business was continued for some years, and he finally sold out to 
Mr. Steavens, his partner. He then became connected as 
special partner in the firm of C. Yale, Jr., & Co., in importation 
of silks. This business arrangement ceased somewhere about 
184H, at which time he removed to Westfield in order to be near 
his father, who still lived in Southwick. In the fall of 1851 Mr. 
Laflin purchased the interest of Alexander Jessup in the Woro- 
noco Mills for his son, G. L. Laflin, when the well known, suc- 
cessful and popular firm of Jessup & Laflin was organized. 
Since going to Westfield, Mr. Laflin has never engaged in any 
active business. He was also one of the founders of the West- 
field Savings Bank, in which he was for along time a prominent 
and an active director. In 1864 he withdrew from the Old 
Westfield Bank, and in company with Mr. Jessup and his 
brother Heman Laflin, now of New Haven, and his son, Geo. L. 
Laflin, established the First National Bank of Westfield in the 
room now occupied by the Westfield Savings Bank. After a 
successful existence of two years the capital stock was increased 
from aiOO,000 to $260,000, and the Westfield Bank merged into 
it. He was always the largest stockholder of the bank, and as 
a director he was something more than a figure-head. He 
always, and wisely, too, dictated the policy of the bank, and in 
him Mr. Hooker, the trusted and efficient cashier, always found 
a sound and reliable adviser. In 1871 the Hon. William G. 
Bates resigned the presidency of the bank and Mr. Laflin was 
then elected the president, a position which he held up to the 
time of his death. Mr. Laflin was also the chairman of the 
finance committee of the Westfield Savings Bank, whose interest 
he guarded with jealous care. In all his transactions he was a 
man of integrity, upright in all his dealings. Occupation of 
Cutler Laflin, paper manufacturer; religion of both, Protestant. 
Ch.: Geo. Lester, oldest child, b. at Lee, Mar. 8, 1828; m. June 
20, 1865, Martha M. Clark of Newark, N. J., at Westfield, Mass.; 
res. Westfield; 8 ch., Geo. Lester, b. Oct. 26, 1866; d. Jan. 18, 
1867; Geo. Lester, b. Nov. 19, 1867; d. Oct. 21, 1870; Mary 
Frances, b. Feb. 4, 1869; Charles Walter, b. June 26, 1870; Ger- 
trude, b. Dec. 8, 1872; Cutler, b. Mar. 9, 1874; Jere Horton, b. 
Feb. 19, 1876; Catherine Eldredge, b. Mar. 27, 1879. Mary 
Frances, 2d child, b. at Lee, Nov. 19, 1829; d. at Westfield, 
unm., Aug. 7, 1862; Adelaide, 3d child, b. at Lee, Jan. 11, 1886; 
d. at Lee, Mar. 11, 1839. Politics of Cutler, Whig and Repub- 

2361. v. Clarissa Smith, b. Aug. 15, 1804; m. in Cayuga, Dec. 17, 1823, 
WMlliam Foote. She d. Dansville, N. Y., 1846. He was b. Dec. 
8, 1802; d. June 22, 1877; was a farmer, later a grain dealer. 
Ch.: Elizabeth Coe, b. Jan. 16, 1826; m. Sept. 27, 1843, Olney 
Bryant Maxwell; res. Oakland, Cal.;2 ch.; Julia Louisa, b. May 
18, 1826; m. May, 1846, Henry Kingsbury; d. Feb. 13, 1870. They 
had one dau., b. Rochester, N. Y., July 12, 1847. Is now matron 
of Wells College, Aurora, N. Y.; Mary Adaline, b. June 3, 1828; 
m. 1866, Isaac O. Adams. She d. Chicago, May, 1869, leaving 3 
ch., Harry F., Harriett M., and Norman; Harriett Amelia, b. 
Aug. 9, 1831; m. Howard Phillips. She d. Chicago, May 26, 
1870; 2 ch., Howard M. and Louise H.; Almeda Cornelia, b. 
Sept. 30, 1839; d. Jan. 13, 1846. 

2352. vi. Fannie, b. Nov. 7, 1812; m. Sept. 2, 1833, Dr. John A. Thompson. 
She d. Mar. 2. 1892. He was b. May 30, 1810; d. Feb. 17, 1879; 
res. Auburn, N. Y. Ch.: Charles DeWitt, b. Cayuga, July 16, 
1834; m. Mary E. Comstock of Chicago. 111., Feb. 17, 1866; d. in 
New York, Aug. 3, 1890; Harriet Lettitia, b. Mar. 20, 1842; m. 
ValorusSouthworth.June 4, 1872, whod. Sept. 22, 1882; m.2d to 
Homer P. Bender, Dec. 27, 1883, who d. Mar. 6, 1889; address 
140 E. 48th St., New York; George Edwin, b. May 10, 1844; d. 
in New Orleans, Jan. 11, 1879; Mary Frances, b. June 11, 1849; 
















m. John B. Finn, Jan. 3, 1871; address 118 E. Genesee St., 
Auburn, Cayuga Co., N. Y. 
2853. vii. George S., b. Feb. 25, 1810; m. Elcie Kellogg and Mrs. Rhoda 

2354. viii. Harriett Amelia, b. Aug. 28, 1818; m. Dec. 20, 1855, Hon. Morris 

B. Flinn, b. Apr. 27, 1811; d. June 24, 1891, s. p. She res. Rush- 
ville, N. Y. He was a hardware merchant. 

2355. ix. Ann Maria, b. Aug. 18, 1820; m. Jan. 15, 1850, Lyman Carr; res. 

Mt. Morris, N. Y. He was b. Nov. 9, 1816; merchant. Ch.: 
Marion \V., b. Oct. 25, 1851; Fannie C, b. Sept. 5, 1856; d. May 
31, 1861. 

984. Jonas Whitney (Timothy, Jonas, Moses, Richard, John), b. Harvard, 
Mass., Oct. 21, 1770; m. in Blandford, Mass., Mary Noble. She d. ae. 77 years. He 
was a blacksmith. He d. in 1845; res. Otis, Mass. 

Barnabas, b. May 1, 1791; res. N. Y. state. 

Harvey, b. July 23, 1795; d. s. p. 

Erastus Marvin, b. July 28, 1797; m. Mrs. Mary E. (Jackson) 

Mary, b. Feb. 20, 1801; d. in Chester, Mass., and left one dau. 

Alice, b. Mar. 21, 1803; d. at Hartford, Conn., leaving one dau. 

Silas N., b. Apr. 4, 1805; m. Ann Fay. 

Milton, b. Apr. 17, 1807; res. in Iowa. 

987. Paul Whitney (Timothy, Jonas, Moses, Richard, John), b. Petersham, 
Mass., Apr^ 13, 1777; m. at Hinesburg, \'t., Dollie Darwin; m. 2d, St. Albans, \'X., 
1807, Lucinda Marsh, b. Dec. 13, 1786; d. Feb. 3, 1863. 

Paul Whitney, born in Petersham, Worcester Co., Mass., was known from early 
manhood as a teacher by profession. During the first years of the century while 
teaching in Northern Vermont he met and married Miss Dollie Darwin, of Hines- 
burg, Vt., daughter of Samuel Darwin, of Rutland, Vt., who was so loyal to King 
George, over the sea, and the Tories, his lands were confiscated and he removed to 
Hinesburg. She was a person of acknowledged beauty, and to them was born one 
son, Samuel D., named for her father. Paul was a twin brother of Barnabas Whit- 
ney, also a teacher, and so alike in personal appearance they could exchange places 
in the schoolroom without being generally observed by the pupils. Both had fine 
faces, blond in complexion, tall and erect in form, with a dignified and graceful 
bearing. Paul possessed a poetic nature and gentle disposition, and was in Ma., 
verse and rhyme, in writing epitaphs, and ever ready with some anecdote or 
pun, making him a genial companion even in declining years. And though esthetic 
in taste, he had an admiring eye for fine horses and was very fond of animals and 
pets, and this characteristic is especially marked in this branch of the family. He 
spent the greater portion of his life in Dunham Ca., near the Vermont line, where 
he removed while still young, and married a second wife. To them were born ten 
children, all of whom have died but one daughter, Harriet, Mrs. Leavitt, who still 
resides in the Dominion. The names of the sons were Caius, Marcus, Wm. Wallace, 
Paul and Barnabas, the youngest. Here he was civil magistrate for more than thirty 
years, continuing his profession, teaching in the government schools. He was a 
member of the Church of England. He lived to a good age, his mind clear and 
active, his body elastic, until prostrated with dropsy of the heart, which continued 
for some time and of which he died at 82 years. He was one to make friends every- 
where and was always a welcome guest. To know him was to love him. He d. Oct. 
30, 1859; res. Bolton Centre, Canada. 

Caroline, b. May 28, 1809; m. Simon Blake; res. Tamworth, N, 
H.; had ch., Ira, Cyrus and Lucinda. 

Caius Cassius, b. Dec. 2, 1810; m. Mary Ann Austin and Abigail 
H. Leach. 

Marcus T. C.,b. Oct. 25,1812; m. Hannah Maria Lewis and Betsey 
W. Hall. 

Phebe Porter, b. Feb. 3, 1815; m. John Gushing and Joseph 
Bailey and d. s. p. Mar. 16, 1865, in Dover, N. H. 

William Wallace, b. Apr. 29,1817; m. Betsey Winter, Mrs. 
Perry, and Sarah Maria Eaton. 

Samuel D., b. Oct. 18, lb04; m. Clarissa Read. 

Lucinda, b. May 5, 1819; d. May 15, 1833. 














2370. ix. Louisa, b. Oct. 17, 1821; m. David Powell, of Bolton, P. Q. Ch.: 

Oscar F. A., Parker P., res. East Bolton, P. Q., and Delia A.; 
d. Oct. 27, 1865. 

2371. X. Paul, b. Mar. 28, 1824; m. Josephine Stow. They died about 

same time. He d. Dec. 27, 1861, and left one dau., Alice. 

2372. xi. Harriett Heileman, b. July 7, 1826; m. Aug. 17, 1858, Joel 

Leavitt; res. Bolton Centre, P. Q. Ch.: Cynthia Perkins, b. Julv 
5, 1859; d. Aug. 30, 1869; Charles Joel,b. July 9, 1860; m. in 1883, 
and res. Newport, Vt.; Hiram Paul, b. Jan. 29, 1862; m. July, 
1885; res. Bolton Centre; Lucinda Marsh, b. Aug. 11, 1864; 
James Lincoln, b. and d. June 21,1867; Elijah, b. Apr. 7, 1869; d. 

2373. xii. Barnabas, b. Aug. 27, 1828; m. Emily Bracey. 

988. Barnabas Whitney (Timothy, Jonas, Moses, Richard, John), b Harvard, 
Mass., Apr. 13, 1777; m. Sept. 16, 1804, Harriett Heileman; b. June, 1783; d. Sept. 26, 

He was born in Harvard, Mass., and received an excellent education at the com- 
mon and private schools. At an early age he engaged in teaching, which profession 
he followed all his life. He was prmcipal of the schools in Blandford, Mass., Berk- 
shire, New Haven, Monckton, and Charlotte, Vt., and later taught writing schocjl \n 
Boston, where he died. He d. July 27, 1846; res. Blandford and Boston, Mass. 

2374. i. Frances Amelia, b. May 29, 1805; m. Dec. 5, 1833, Dr. Lucian 

W. Caryl. She d. Feb.' 15, 1883. He was b. Feb. 27, lb06; d. 
Apr. 15, 1837. Was a practicing physician. Ch.: Harriett E., b. 
Nov. 21, 1834; res. 82 Myrtle St., Boston, Mass 

2375. ii. Fred'k H., b. Sept. 25, 1807; m. Abigail B. Bumstead. 

2376. iii. Mary Ann, b. Mar. 6, 1812; m. Dec. 25, 1834, Judson Niles 

Farrar. She d. Oct. 2, 1890. He was b. Mar. 20, 1808. Was 
cashier in a bank. Res. Abingdon, Mass. Ch.: Mary A. "Cox, 
b. Sept. 22, 1835; d. Sept. 22, 1857; Lucian W., b. Mar. 24, 1839; 
d. Aug. 18, 1859; Judson C, b. Apr. 28, 1841; d. Sept. 23, 1841; 
Granville Heileman, b. Sept. 16, 1844; d. Sept. 19, 1847; Nathan- 
iel B., b. June 15, 1847; Harriett Amelia, b. Dec. 5, 1854; Gran- 
ville Robinson, b. Sept. 9. 18—; d. Apr. 19, 1883. 

2377. iv. Harriett Heileman, b. Dec. 9, 1814; m. May 28, 1835, Joseph 

Wait. He was son of Marmaduke and Amelia Heileman Wait, 
and was b. in Randolph, Yt., Mar. 24, 1806. For many years he 
was a merchant in BurHngton, and later engaged in busniess 
in New York, residing in Jersey City, where he d. Feb. 22, 1869. 
Mrs. Wait, after the death of her husband, moved to Chicago 
to reside with her son, Horatio L., where she d. Apr. 10, 1891. 
She was a woman of lovely character and beautiful presence. 
Ch.: Horatio Loomis, b. Aug. 8, 1836; m. 1860, Clara Conant 
Long, res. 4919 Madison Ave., Chicago, 111. He is master in 
chancery of the Circuit Court of Cook County, and was b. in 
New York City. His father was a merchant in that city. His 
grandfather, Alarmaduke, served in the second war with Eng- 
land, and his great-grandfather, Joseph Wait, of \'ermont, was 
a colonel in the first war, serving under Gen. Ethan Allen. 
Horatio was educated at Columbia College grammar school. 
Went to Chicago in 1856. Read law with Joseph N. Baker, but 
before being admitted to practice the civil war broke out. He 
entered the navy and remained there for nine years, joining the 
European squadron after peace was declared. Mr. Wait left 
the navy in 1870, and the same year was admitted to the bar 
and opened an office in Chicago, soon finding a good busi- 
ness on his hands. In 1876 he was appointed master in chan- 
cery, and since that date has made a specialty of chancery 
practice. He ignores politics entirely, attends exclusively to 
the study and duties of his profession. A gentleman who 
knows Mr. Wait well, thus wrote to the editor of the Bench and 
Bar of Chicago : " Mr. H. L. Wait is a polished gentleman, a 
scholar of unusual attainments, and a conversationalist of marked 
ability. He has also been an extensive traveler. As a lawyer 



he is well read, of excellent judgment, and of un-impeachable 
integrity. He has for some years occupied the position of 
master in chancery in Chicago of the Circuit Court of Cook 
County, by the appointment of the judges of that court." He is 
a vestryman of St. Paul's Episcopal Church of Hyde Park, and 
a man of high standing in the community; ch., James Joseph, b. 
Mar. 1, 1861. He graduated at the Hyde Park school in 1878, 
and entered the N. Y. Nautical School Ship " St. Mary's" the 
same year. Made a voyage to Lisbon, Portugal, and Madeira, 





graduating in 1879, receiving the first medal. Sailed from N. Y. 
in 1879, made a voyage to Shanghai, China, and Iloilo, Philip- 
pian Islands. On the return voyage the ship was disabled in a 
gale by the springing of her rudder head. Put into Cai)e Town, 
Africa, for repairs, and returned home in 1880. At present he 
is freight contracting agent for the North Chicago Rolling Mills. 
Henry Heileman, b. Oct. 27, 1^:69; res. at home; Maria Amelia, 
b. Sept. 28, 1843; res. Chicago; unm.; Isabelle Heileman, b. July 
20, 1847; res. Chicago; unm. 

Katherine, b. Oct. 30, 1809; d. unm. Feb. 4, 1893. 

Calista Stuart, b. Nov. 11, 1818; m. in Boston in Apr., 1840, 
Andrew J. Loud; d. Aug., 1878. She d. s. p. Nov. 17, 1840, in 
Boston. He was a banker. 

996. Moses Whitney (Aaron, Jonas, Moses, Richard, John),b. Oct. 5, 1775, in 

Harvard; m. Patty ; res. Harvard, Mass, 

Sally, b. Aug. 17, 1798. 

Lucy, b. Sept. 28, 1800. 

Elbridge, b. Nov. 23. 1802. 

Eliza, b. May 13, 1806. 

Marion, b. Dec. 11,1808. 

Harriett Whitcomb, b. Sept. 7, 1811. 





















997. Capt. Aaron Whitney (Aaron, Jonas, Moses, Richard, John), b. Nov. 7, 
1777, in Harvard; m. Sally Flagg, of Holden; d. June 9, 1814; m. 2d, 1816, Mrs. Susan 
(Hartwell) Fletcher, of Littleton, wid. of Samuel. He d. Mar. 29, 1864; res. Harvard, 

Laurilla, b. Mar. 27, 1808; m. Head; res. Syracuse, Iowa. 

George, b. Dec. 26, 1809; m. Abbie Bemis. 

Aaron, b. Dec. 1, 1812. 

Sally, b. May 28, 1814; d. . 

Nancy, b. May 28, 1814; m. Feb. 22, 1836, Richard H. Whitney, 
of Albany, N. Y. 

2391. vi. Susan H., b. Oct. 20, 1818; m Oct. 20, 1839, Allen B. Wood. Ch.: 

Susan Whittmore, of Fitchburg, Frank A., Aaron, Flora, and 
Daniel W.; res. Westminster. 

2392. vii. Samuel F., b. Oct, 20, 1821; m. Sarah T. Gardner. 

2393. vtii. Sally, b. July 8, 1823. 

2394. ix. Daniel, b. Sept. 5, 1825. 

2395. X. Abel, b. Nov. 23, 1830; d. Nov. 30, 1840. 

1003. Hezekiah Whitney (Elias, Lemuel, Moses, Richard, John),b. Stow, May 

26, 1761; m. Sarah . His will was probated in 1812; mentions his wife and all 

his children. He d. Oct. 14, 1812; res. Stow, Mass. 

2396. i. Sarah, b. Aug. 19, 1797. 

2397. ii. Mary Ann, b. May 27, 1800; m. Brooks. She d. Sept. 29, 


2398. iii. Hezekiah, b. Aug. 20. 1803. 

2399. iv. Almira, b. Feb. 4, 1806. 

2400. V. Amos, b. . 

2401. vi. Rachel, b. in 1811. 

1006. Amos Whitney (Elias, Lemuel, Moses, Richard, John), b. Stow, Mass.. 
m. at Sterling, Patty Wilder; b. June 21, 1784; d. Oct. 5, 1837. He was a farmer; res. 
Stow, Mass. 

2402. i. Joseph W., b. Feb. 25, 1815; m. and d. s. p. July 16, 1892, in Wal- 

tham, Mass. 

2403. ii. LucebaC., b. Sept. 6. 1816; m. Silas Newton. She d. Nov. 30, 

1865. He was a blacksmith and d. Feb. 19, 1856. Ch.: Joseph 
Newton, Marlboro, Mass.; John Newton, Bolton, Mass. ; Henry 
Newton, Brockton. Mass., Mary Newton, b. Sept. 1, 1856; m. 
Albert Taylor, Mar. 22, 1877; res. Hudson, Mass. 

2404. iii. James W., b. Mar. 13. 1818; m. Sultina V. Bartlett. 

2405. iv. Jonathan W., b. Nov. 22, 1821; m. at Hubbardston Rebecca 

Gay, b. May 19. 1819; d. Nov. 28, 1893, s. p. He is a painter; 
res. Lincoln Square, Worcester, Mass. 

2406. V. Mary E., b. Jan. 16, 1825; m. Clark Watron. 

2407. vi. Martha M., b. May 16, 1823; m. Sept. 20, 1844, William A. Shum- 

way, 63 Orange St., Worcester. He was b. Sept. 9, 1813; d. Sept. 
9, 1867; was a teamster from Boston to Worcester before rail- 
roads; also a farmer. Ch.: Persis E., b. Jan. 20, 1846; m. June 
6, 1867; d. Nov. 6, 1874; m. Randolph Walker; Augustus L.. b. 
Feb. 8, 1848; d. Sept. 15, 1866; James L., b. Nov. 14, 1850; d. Jan, 
5, 1874; Joseph H., b. Mar. 7. 1856; m, July 3, 1883; m. Mar. 29, 
1890; Frank A., b. Feb. 8, 1858; m. July 19, 1885; Mattie M., b. 
Jan. 9, 1860; m. Sept. 18, 1882, to James H. Ware; res. 63 Orange 
St., Worcester, Mass. 

1010. Lemuel W^hitney (Lemuel, Lemuel, Moses, Richard, John), b. Stow, 
Mass., Jan. 25, 1767; m. Dorcas Gates; d. Mar. 7, 1823. He was a farmer. He d, 
1825; res. Stow, Mass., Grafton, Vt.. and East Sudbury, Mass. 

2408. i. Leonard, b, Feb. 22, 1815; m. Sarah Ayer and Mrs. Betsey 


Peter, b. ; d. infancy. 

Dorcas, b. ; d. infancy. 

Peter, b. . 2412. v. Jotham, b. , 

EzEKiEL, b. 2414. vii. Susan, b. . 

Betsey, b. . 2416. ix. Jane, b. 












2417. X. Mary, b. . 2418. xi. Elmira, b. . 

2419, xii. Lucy Ann, b. . 2420. xiii. Louisa, b. . 

2421. xiv. Ann, b. 

1018, Ukial Whitney (Abner, John, Moses, Richard, John), b. Shirley, Mass. 
Sept. 11, 1757; m. at Gorham, Me., Dec. 16, 1784, Lydia Whitmore, b. Aug, 1, 1764; d 
Mar. 6, 1818. 

He was b. in Shirley, and at the breaking out of the Revolutionary war enlisted 
in Col. Prescott's regiment. The enlistment bears date of Apr. 19, 1775. After 
the war he located in Gorham, Me., where he married his wife. In 1798 he pur- 
chased land in No. Yarmouth, Me., to which place he removed his family soon after. 
He ever after resided there, and was a noted school teacher, being familiarly known 
as " Master Whitney," He was held in high esteem as a citizen and as a Christian; 
was a member of the Congregational church in Pownal, Me., Rev. Percy Chapin, 
pastor. He was granted a pension Apr. 28, 1818. He d. Nov. 10, 1835; res. Gor- 
ham, Me. 

2422. i. Statira, b. Dec. 24, 1785; d, Dec, 31, 1785. 

2423. ii, Mary, b. Jan. 21, 1787; m. Retire Drinkwater; res, Durham, Me. 

3 ch. She d. May 2. 1824. 

2424. iii. Statira, b. Dec. i, 1789; d, Aug. 11, 1794, 

2425. iv, Joel, b. Aug. 7, 1791; lost at sea about 1812. 

2426. v. Beulah B., b. June 3, 1793; m. Nov. 2, 1817, Enos Small, b. Nov. 

28, 1788; d. Feb. 5, 1881. She d. Apr. 21, 1879. Ch.: William 
Lathrop, b. Oct. 29, 1819; m. Clara W. Pierce; d. Feb. 1, 1886; 
Sarah L., b. Feb. 17, 1822; m. John A. Andrews; d, Nov. 8, 1854; 
Uriel Whitney, b. July 23, 1825; m. Mary E. Gilman; res. 682 
Tremont St., Boston, Mass. He graduated at Amherst Col- 
lege in the class of 1804, and at Andover Theo. Seminarv in 
1858; Mary Scott, b. Mav 4, 1828; d. lune 1, 1879; Beulah. b. 
Aug. 18, 1833. She gra'd. Mt. Holyoke Female Sem. 1856; 
taught in Marion, Iowa, 5 years; at Rockford, 111., 4 years; now, 
and for the last 18 years, a teacher in Boston, Mas?. 

2427. vi. Betsey, b. May 27 1795; m. James Mitchell; res. Freeport, Me, 

She d. Feb., 1849. Ch.: Ansel L.,b. Dec 1, 1828; res. Falmouth, 
Me.; Major W., b. Sept. 13, 1830; John W., b. Nov. 24, 1831; 
Statira M., b. Mav 24, 1833; Roxanna, b. Sept. 7, 1834; Eliza- 
beth, b, Jan. 17, 1840; Harriett S., b. June 25, 1842. 

2428. vii. Sally, b. Dec. 16, 1796; m. Daniel Soule; res. Pownal, Me. She 

d. Mav 20, 1827, and he m. her sister. 

2429. viii. Harriett, b. Apr, 28, 1798; m. Daniel Soule. Ch.: Mrs. Sarah 

W. Clifford, 37 Folsom St., Dorchester, Mass. He d. July 30, 
1843; ch.: Elisha B., b. June 18, 1828; d. Dec. 12, 1853; Perez 
C, b. Mar. 3, 1830; d. "Mav 15, 1871; Samuel W., b. May 30, 

1831; d. ; Daniel, b. Jan. 13, 1834; Clarence, b. Oct. 16, 

1835; d. Oct. 16, 1857; Harriet A., b. June 6, 1837; Sarah, b. May 
24, 1839; Lewis W., b. Mar. 12, 1841. 

2430. ix, Charlotte, b. May 12, 1800; m. Levi'Davis. She d. July 6, 1851; 

res. No. Yarmouth, Me. Ch.: Lewis, b. Jan. 5, 1828; Charlotte, b. 
Oct. 21, 1831; d. Mar, 22, 1875; Augusta C, b. Oct, 6, 1836; res. 
Yarmouth, Me. 

2431. X, Statira, b, Apr. 26, 1802; m. Nathaniel Merrill; res, Pownal, 

Me, Ch.: Charles H., b. Feb. 16, 1829; Joseph, b. Dec. 21, 1832, 
She d. July 21, 1878. 

2432. xi, Urial, b. July 4. 1804; m. Mary Hoit. 

2433. xii, Lewis, b. Sept. 21, 1806; m. Mary Small. 

1022. Amaziah Whitney (Abner, John, Moses, Richard, John), b. prob. 
Shirley, Mass.; m. Sarah Boyngton; d., ae. 86. He was in the Revolutionary army 
in a company from Worcester Co., under command of Capt, Boutell; res. in Mass., 
Albany and Maryland, N. Y, 

2434. i. Amaziah, b. ; m. and had 2 ch. 

, 2435. ii. Arathusa, b. July 24, 1804; m., 1824, Decatur Winters, b. 1802. 
Ch.: Stephen D., b. Dec, 1826; d. 1852. He was a lawyer and 
was admitted to practice the year before he died; Lucinda, b, 
1833; d., ae. 3 mos; Amaziah, b, 1831; d,, ae, 6; Maria, b, 1828; 




















m. David Hatfield; res. Erie, Pa.; Arathusa, m. 2d 1836, Patrick 
Lee; ch., John P., b. Feb, 22, 1837; res. Syracuse, N. Y.; Ellen 
M., b. Dec. 13, 1839; m. Dec. 19, 1856, John M. Davis; res. Bing- 
hampton, N. Y., 23 Walnut St. 

2436. iii. Sallie, b. ; m. John Brock. Ch.: William, Ethel, John, 

Clinton, Addle and Annie. 

Abner, b. Feb. 2, 1801; m. Matilda P. Sherwood. 

Polly, b. ; d. unm. 

Betsey, b. ; m. Smith, d. s. p. 

Caleb B., b. Feb. 16, 1809; m. Adocia Stevens 

Marchia, b. ; m. Joseph Witherell. Ch.: Ansel, Sarah 

and James. 

2442. ix. Nathan, b. : m. Julia AUington. He was a Baptist min- 

ister; had 8 ch. Two living, Julia, Mrs Breece; res. Horseheads, 
N. Y., and Rose, Mrs. Matthews; res. Ashley, Pa. 

2443. X. William E.,b. ; m. Eliza Saxton. He was a physician and 

had two ch., Edgar and George ; d. when his ch. were quite young. 

2444. xi. Nathaniel R., b. June 15, 1818; m. Charlotte S. Rice. 

2445. xii. Lucretia, b. ; m. Everts. 

1023. Samuel Whitney (Abner, John. Moses, Richard, John), b. in Me. in 
1769; m. in 1780, Hannah Thompson; b. in 1760; d. in 1814. He was in the Revolu- 
tionary army, and when 78 years of age was granted a pension. He d. Sept. 26, 
1836; res. Falmouth, Readfield and Farrington, Me. 

Ephralm, b. Sept. 22, 1799; m. Nancv F. Skinner. 

William, b. July 24, 1786; m. Olive Parlin. 

Stephen, b. May 4, 1784. 

Dorcas, b. Sept. 16, 1794; m. June 23, 1816, Jonathan Brown, res. 
W. Freeman, Me. He was b. Sept. 16, 1794; d. July 11, 1870; 
he was a school teacher and farmer. Ch.: Adaline, b. Mar. 9, 
1817; m. Dec. 25, 1834; d. Mar. 31, 1849; ch., G. W^ Clarke, King- 
field, Me., son of Adaline Brown Clark; Mary, b. Ian. 9, 1819; 
m. Dec. 17, 1844; d. Aug. 27, 1850; ch., Mrs. G. H. Hamlin, 
Phillips, Me., daughter of Mary Brown Sprague; Sarah, b. Jan. 
5, 1821; m. Nov. 4, 1845; d. July 10, 1889; ch., G. W. Richards, 
Kingfield, Me., son of Sarah Brown Richards; Jefferson, b. Feb. 
27, 1823; m. Jan. 18, 1848; d. Dec. 15, 1855; ch., C. C. Brown, No. 
• Freeman, Me., son of Jefferson Brown; Hannah T., b. May 13, 
1827; m. July 1, 18.53; d. May 16, 1870; ch., Mrs. ^L A. Will, 
Strong, Me., daughter of Hannah Brown Buckley; Clarissa .A.., 
b. Mav 14, 1829; d. July 23, 1849; Jonathan, Jr., b. Jan. 2, 1833; 
d. Feb. 9, 1860; Arietta D., b. Jan. 1, 1839; m. Mar. 4, 1867; d. 
Feb. 19, 1869; Lewis, b. Feb. 25, 1825; m. 1st, Feb. 25, 1855; 
m. 2d, Mar. 21, 1867, P. O., West Freeman, Me. 

Samuel, b. Oct. 16, 1782. 

Barzelia, b. Aug. 8. 1788. 

Polly, b. June 11, 1792. 

Sally, b May 30, 1797; m. Mayo. 

Greenleaf, b. Sept. 9, 18n3. 

1028. Lieut. Daniel Whitney (Daniel, Richard, Richard, Richard, John), b. 
Dec. 11, 1749, in Stow; m. Dec. 10, 1778, Sarah Durarit, of Bedford. His will was pro- 
bated in 1806 and alj his children were then living. He d. Sept. 28, 1805; res. Stow, 

Asa, b. June 22, 1779; m. Sally Brooks. 

Thomas, b. Sept. 22, 1781; d. Nov. 4, 1803. 

Anna, b. Apr. 22, 1783; m. Jan. 14, 1802, Samuel Foster, of Billerica. 
Ch.: Dudley, b. 

Daniel, b. Apr. 19, 1785; m. Sarah Marble. 

Sally, b. June 13, 1787; d. Nov. 6, 1803. 

John, b. May 28, 1789; m. Harriett Tower. 

Artemas, b. Apr. 22, 1791. 

Joseph, b. June 30, 1793; m. Susan Whitney. 

Manning, b. Sept. 8, 1795; m. Brooks. 

Richard, b. Apr. 18, 1798; m. Eunice Cogswell. 






































2465. xi. Lucy, b. Aug. 26, 1801 ; m. Brooks. Ch. : William, b. ; 

res. Franconia, N. H. 
1029. John Whitney (Daniel, Richard, Richard, Richard, John), b. Stow, 
Mass., Nov. 24, 1747; m. Feb. 3, 1778, Mary Farnsworth, ot Groton. He d. bef. July 
1782; res. Stow, and Lincoln, Mass. 

2466. i. Polly, b. Oct. 8, 1778. 

2467. ii. Jonathan, b. June 16, 1780. 

2468. iii. Sarah, b. July 28, 1782 (posthumus). 

1032. Ephraim Whitney (Daniel, Richard, Richard, Richard, John), b. Stow, 
Mass., Sept. 29, 1755; m. Dec. 7, 1780, Sarah Burgess, of Harvard. He was in the 
Revolutionary war in Capt. Longley's company from Bolton. He d. Nov. 17, 1784; 
res. Stow and Ashburnham, Mass. 

2469. i. Ephraim, b. ; d. Apr. 13, 1781. 

2470. ii. Rachel, b. Apr. 10, 1783. 

2471. iii. Dolly, b. Jan. 10, 1785. 

1033. Silas Whitney (Daniel, Richard, Richard, Richard, John), b. Stow, 
Mass., Feb. 26, 1758; m. (int.) Sept. 3, 1780, Patience Goodnow, of Stow. She d. in 
Charlestown, Tvlass., Feb., 1842. 

He was born in Stow, where he resided until soon after his marriage, when he 
moved to Ashby, Mass.. where several of his children were born. He afterward 
moved to Boston, Mass., and was noted for his great strength. During the Revolu- 
tionary war he served in one of the companies from Stow. He d. Charlestown, Mass., 
1838; res. Stow, Ashby, Boston and Charlestown, Mass. 

John, b. Nov. 22, 1782; m. "Susannah Vilas. 
Silas, b. Jan. 26. 1781; m. Abigail M. Shedd. 

SrSAN, b. July 1, 1792; m. Joseph Whitney, of Boston, son of 
Daniel, and her own cousin. She d. in Boston, in 1884, ae. 92. 

James, b. . 

Samuel, b. ; he d. s. p. in 1826. He resided in Charlestown, 

Mass., where he was a merchant. If he was married, she died 
before his decease. He was a member of the firm of Whitney 
& Hyde, general dealers. 

2477. V. Ephraim, b. ; m. Eunice . 

2478. vi. DoLLY,b. Apr. 1, 1797; m. Nov. 20, 1814, William Beals, Sr. He 
was b. Dec. 16, 1785; d. Dec. 8, 1870; res. Boston, Mass. Ch.: 
Frances A., m. George Baker; Maria A., d.; m. Sumner Flagg; 
Elizabeth B, m. Isaac Kendall; William, m. Nancie W. Mar- 
chant, and after her d. Sophie B. Mauvan; res. 125 Newbury St.; 
James H., m. .-Xttnie M. W. Reed; Harriet M., m. Geo. W. Tux- 
bury; Louisa A., m. John Wetherbee; Emily C, m. Edward C. 
Mitchell; John W., m. \'irginia Simmons; Joshua G., m. Edith 
Simmons. All the children reside in Boston, with the exception 
of Mrs. Baker, who res. at 78 East 55th St., New York; Mrs. 
Wetherbee at "The Warren," Roxbury, and Sumner Flagg at 
Brookline, Mass. Death of William Beals, Esq.: "After a long 
and useful life, this well-known gentleman passed to the eternal 
world this morning. He was the senior proprietor of the Boston 
Post, with which he had been connected forty years. It was 
here that he made an independent fortune by strict attention to 
every detail that came under his charge. He was universally 
and justly esteemed as one of the most honorable, straightfor- 
ward business men in the community. His word was always as 
good as his bond; what he said no power on earth could induce 
him to gainsay. He was honest to the last nick in every per- 
sonal obligation. As prosperity came to him, others shared it, 
and his neighbors will bear ample testimony that his charities 
were liberal. He was the last man to make any display of benevo- 
lence. No poor and worthy printer ever made application to him 
for assistance without getting relief. It was often said of him 
that he was a 'true man.' In his domestic relations Mr. Beals 
was very happy. He was married 56 years. He had ten chil- 
dren and forty grandchildren. He was an active member of 
the Baptist church, a regular attendant at the Old South prayer 


meetings, and often took charge of them. He has left a name 
of which all connected with him have reason to be highly satis- 
fied. The deceased will be remembered by the older genera- 
tion as one of the publishers of the Commercial Gazette, for 
many years before he became identified with the Boston Post. 
He was a publisher when Benjamin Russell and Joseph T. 
Buckingham were leaders of the Boston press. Mr. Bucking- 
ham in his 'Reminiscences of the Boston press,' says he was one 
of the ablest financiers ever connected with the American press. 
He was an active and industrious man, and the financial success 
of the journals with which he was identified was due to his 
ability and careful management of the business department. 
Everybody knew him, but few knew his real worth. It is not 
too much to say that he possessed a kind and genial heart. By 
sound judgment, fair dealing, scrupulous honesty, he achieved 
success and left an ample fortune for his own and his partner's 

2479. vii. Betsey, b. ; m. Bates. 

- 2480. viii. Polly, b. ; m. Gault. 

1038. Jacob Whitney (Richard, Richard, Richard, Richard, John), b Harvard, 
Mass., Mar. 24, 1748; m. May 25, 1772, Lois Hapgood; m. 2d, June 29, 1794, Mary 
Patch of Littleton, b. 1751; d. Dec. 27, 1833. 

He was in the company of Capt. Jonathan Davis in Col. Asa Whitcomb's regi- 
ment Oct. 6, 1775, in the Revolutionary army. Part of the companies in this regi- 
ment were ordered to reinforce Col. Prescott in the battle of Bunker Hill, June 17, 
He made his will Nov. 8, 1815. It was probated Oct. 18, 1825. Son Elias was exec- 
utor. He d. July 11, 1825, in W.; res. Harvard and Winchendon, Mass. 

Hannah, b. Dec. 14, 1772; m. Carpenter. 

Mary, b. Oct. 16, 1776; m. Keyes. 

LoiS, b. Aug. 1, 1779; m. Dec. 13, 1802, Daniel Ward, b. June 21, 
17!<1; d. Mar. 8, 1856; was a farmer. She d. Apr. 6, 1853. Ch.: 
Daniel, b. Sept. 10, 1805; d. Jan. 27, 1864; Josiah Wilder, b. 
May 18, 1807; d. June 18, 1831; Caroline, b. Nov. 5, 1809; d. 
Aug. 26, 1812; Calvin Thomson, b. Nov. 24, 1812; d. June 19, 
1867; Emery Whitney, b. Oct. 4, 1815; d. Apr. 6, 1833; Charles 
Kendall, b. July 7, 1819; present address Denver, Colo., 358 
Lincoln Ave.; Adaline Nancy, b. Dec. 11, 1822; d. Aug. 30, 1856. 

2484, iv. Nancy, b. Aug. 8, 1785; m. Ward. A son is John Ward; 

res. Pavilion Center, N. Y. 
Jacob, b. Oct., 1776. 
Eli, b. May 17, 1783. 

Emory, b. Oct. 1, 1791; m. Lydia Locke and Thankful G. Morey. 
Silas, b. 


















2491 J^ 


Elias, b. June 16, 1797; m. Fannie Demary. 
Sarah, b. Oct. 27, 1794; d. July 26, 1797. 
Martha Ann, b. May 22, 1812; d. young. 
Mary Percy, b. July 25, 1814; d. young. 
Emery W. Whitney, of Sturges, Mich., and Mrs. Seneca Whitney Upton, of 
Keene, N. H., are descendants of Jacob Whitney. 

1039. Richard Whitney (Richard, Richard, Richard, Richard, John), b. 
Harvard, Feb. 2, 1752; m. Dec. 15, 1772, Mercy Willard. 

He was born in Harvard where he always resided. April 19, 1775, he was in 
Capt. Fairbanks company from Harvard in the provincial regiment of foot of alarm 
men in Col. Whitcomb's regiment which marched to Cambridge. In July, 1777, he 
was in the reinforcements sent from Harvard to assist Gen. Benj. Lincoln who was 
then harassing the rear of the invading army. During 1777 he served in the com- 
panies of Capt. Hezekiah Whitney and Capt. Hills from Harvard. In Aug. and 
Sept., 1778, he was in Capt. Sawyer's company that took part in the operations in 
Rhode Island. In 1799 and 1800 he was selectman; res Harvard, Mass. 

Betsey Willard, b. June 5, 1774. 

Polly, b. Mar. 26, 1777. 

Levi, b. Apr. 16, 1781; m. Sarah . 

Polly, b. Apr. 15, 1789. 

















1041. Reuben Whitney (Richard, Richard, Richard, Richard, John), b. Har- 
vard, 21, 1758; m. Lucy Fairbank; b. Mar. 24, 1764. 

He was born in Harvard and worked on his father's farm. When but eighteen 
years of age he enlisted in the Revolutionary army in the company of Capt. Sarg- 
ent of Princeton, and regiment commanded by Col. Stearns of Lunenburg. This was 
assigned to a special brigade which was raised to repulse the advance of Sir Henry 
Clinton in Rhode Island. He was selectman in 1801, 1804 and 1805; res. Harvard, 

Lucy, b. Jan. 24, 1782. 

Reuben, b. Aug. 11, 1783; m. Milley Pollard. 

Mercy Fairbank, b. July 25, 1786. 

ZiMRi, b. May 29, 1795. 

1042. James Whitney (Richard, Richard, Richard, Richard, John), b. Harvard 
May 29, 1760; m. May 27, 1783, Rachel Lawton, b. Dec. 7, 1760; d. Apr. 14, 1803; m. 
2d, Oct. 20, 1803, Lucy Reed; m. 3d, Dec. 8, 1811, Susan Whitney, b. in 1785; d. Sept. 
19, 1848. He was selectman in 1808-9. 

James Whitney's widow's dower, late of Harvard, asks for her dower; name of 
•wife Susan, Mar. 13, 1817. James Whitney's real estate, late of Harvard; Richard 
Whitney, Jr., asks for a settlement Feb. 9, 1819. Richard Whitney, Jr., Amos Batch- 
eller, Rachel Batcheller, John Whitney, Isaac Whitney, guar, for Lucy Whitney Jef- 
ferson, Mary and Hiram sign, saying they are satisfied, Feb. 27, 18l9. He d. Feb., 
1817; res. Harvard, Mass. 

2500. i. Richard, b. Mar. 30, 1784; m. Sally Turner. 

2501. ii. Jeremiah Lawton, b. Aug. 13, 1788. He was a clockmaker and 

res. in Shirley. His estate was settled in 1815. Richard, Jr., of 
Harvard, was admr. At the auction sale of his effects his 
brother John bought his watch. 

2502. iii. Rachel, b. July 21, 1791; m. Dec. 15, 1812, Amos Batchelor, of 

John, b. July 20, 1796. 
Lucy, b. July 23, 1804. 
Jefferson, b. Apr. 26, 1806. 
Mary, b. Dec. 17, 1809. 
Hiram, b. Mar. 11, 1815; m. Martha Ann Whitney. 

1045. Josiah Whitney (Josiah, Richard, Richard, Richard, John), b. Harvard, 
Mass., Feb. 25, 1753; m. in Harvard, Jan. 10, 1776, Anna Scollav, bap. Apr. 18, 1756; 
d. Nelson, N. H., Mar. 8, 1824. 

Josiah Whitney, son of Gen. Josiah Whitney, was born in Harvard, Mass., where 
he resided until shortly after the Revolutionary war, when he moved to Nelson, N. 
H., where he ever after resided and conducted an extensive farm. " Josiah Whitney, 
Jr., was a private in the Minute Men from Harvard, Mass., at the Lexington alarm, 
April 19, 1775. Also private in Capt. Manassah Sawyer's companv, Col. Dike's regi- 
ment, Massachusetts Militia, 1776, at Dorchester Heights." He d. Jan. 2, 1827; res. 
Harvard, Mass., and Nelson, N. H. 

2507. i. Nancy, b. Apr. 12, 1777; m. Nathaniel Breed, of Nelson. He d. 

Oct. 10, 1837, at Alstead, N. H. She d. Mar. 23, 1859. Ch.: 
Whitney, b. Apr. 27, 1810; m. Oct. 26, 1837; Persis B. Hatch, res. 
Alstead Center, N. H. 

2508. ii. Sally, b. June 26, 1778; m. June 15, 1802, Capt. Pius Upton Bur- 

nap. She d. Feb. 26, 1846. He was b. in Reading, Mass., Feb, 
5, 1775; d. Aug. 11, 1827; res. Nelson, N. H. Ch.: John, b. Apr. 
4, 1803; d. May 13, 1803; Upton, b. June 20, 1804; m. Harriet 
Batchelder, and d. Aug. 13, 1854; Josiah, b. Aug. 26, 1805; m. 
Miranda Adams; d. 1892; Eli, b. Feb. 15, 1807; d. Jan. 22, 1837; 
Polly, b. Sept. 20, 1808; d. May 1, 1811; Nancv, b. May 13, 1810; 
m. Sept. 30, 1828, Asa Taft, and d. Feb. 22, 1887; a dau., Nancy 
Marietta Taft, res. Keene, N. H.; Mary, b. June 26, 1812; m. 
Mar. 5, 1840, Reuel Nims, and d. Mar. 24, 1869; Lura, b. Apr. 3, 
1814; m. Nov. 14,1837, Maynard Wilson; James, b. Sept. 6, 1816; 
m. Oct. 17, 1840, Mary Gilman; George, b. July 15, 1818; m. 
Susan M. Sherwin, Mary F. Reynolds and Charlotte Harris 
Atwood; Laura, b. Oct. 13, 1819; d. Aug. 28, 1822; Lorin, b. Oct. 
13, 1819; d. Sept. 11, 1822. 












2509. iii. Lois, b. Mar. 15, 1781; m. Ezra Wardwell. They res. Nelson, N. 

H. He d. in Sullivan, N. H., June 3, 1845; she d. there Jan. 16, 
1859. Ch.: Lois, b. Apr. 1. 1801; d. July 20, 1880; Ichabod 
Nichols, b. Dec. 6, 1802; d. Mar., 1859; Ezekiel, b. Aug. 18, 1804; 
m. Mary Gate; d. abt. 1840; Phebe, b. Aug. 1, 1806; d. in infancy, 
no date; Lucy, b. May 30, 1808; d. Apr. 27, 1859; Emily, b. Apr. 
8, 1810; d. May 3, 1811; Ezra, b. Mar. 17, 1812; d. Sept. 24, 1850; 
Harriet, b. June 11, 1314; d. 1874; Hersey, b. Feb. 4, 1817; m. 
Sarah M. Emerson, and d. Aug. 1, 1871; a ciau. m. Charles Stay, 
and res. Greenfield, Mass.; Granville, b. Dec. 9, 1819; d. June 
24, 1858. The children of Lois Whitney and Ezra Wardwell 
. are all dead; for further information in regard to their descend- 
ants reference is given as follows: Those of Lcrts Wardwell, 
to J. R. Beal, Keene, N. H.; of I. N. Wardwell, to Mrs. Albert 
G. Nims, Keene, N. H.; of Lucy, to W. H. Buckminster, Keene 
N. H.; of Ezra, to Granville Wardwell, Winchester, N. H.; of 
Harriet, to Mrs. J. N. Nims, Sullivan, N. H.; of Granville, to 
Mrs. Mary L. Campbell, Great Falls, Mont. 

2510. iv. Stephen, b, July 1, 1784; m. Mary A. Burgess. 

2511. V. Lucy, b. ; m. June 4, 1811, Asa Lawrence, b. Aug. 21, 1795; 

d. Oct. 8, 1862. Shed. Jan. 16, 1829; res. Nelson, N. H. Ch.: 
Laura, b. Oct. 28. 1812; m. Sept. 1831, Geo. W. Towns, and d. 
Mar. 5, 1858; Lara, b. Mar. 6, 1815; d. July 29, 1818; Justus, b. 
Feb. 19, 1817; m. Nov. 4, 1852, Caroline E. Trust, of Derby, Vt.; 
he d. Dec. 21, 1872; Loren Woodbury, b. May 3, 1819; d. Sept. 
29, 1865, at Honolulu, Sandwich Islands; Lara, b. Apr. 15, 1822; 
d. Apr. 4, 1825; Josiah Whitney, b. June 6, 1827; d. June 22, 1832. 

2512. vi. Josiah, b. Feb. 24, 17^2; m. Sarah Ernes. 

2513. vii. James, b. Dec. 26, 1789; m. Anna Goss. 

2514. viii. Lydia, b. July 6, 1795; m. 1818, Henry Melville, b. ; d. 

. She d. Jan. 8, 1864; res. Nelson, N. H. Ch.: Sarah 

Minot, b. Oct. 5, 1818; m. Dr. Leonard French; d. in Ashby, 
Mass., Sept 11, 1849, leaving son Leonard Melville French, b. 

July 26, 1849, who m. Blood, and res. in Manchester, N. H.; 

Josiah Henrv, b. Dec. 18, 1820; m. Nancy Rebecca Nesmith, 
Oct. 15, 1857; d. Mar. 19, 1885, in Nelson, N. H.; 3 ch., (1) 
Henry, b. Aug. 25, 1858. 

Mr. Melville, for four years last past secretary of the Repub- 
lican Club of the city of New York, and of the Harvard Law 
School Association, and now one of the non-commissioned offi- 
cers of Company " B " Seventh Regiment, was graduated at 
Dartmouth in 1879, and in 1884 took the Master's Degree and 
LL. B., cum laude, at Harvard. He prepared for college at the 
Rev. Dr. Leach's school at Keene, N. H. 

At Dartmouth he was a member of a well known local soci- 
ety, the Kappa Kappa Kappa, one of the oldest and best in the 
institution, and, on the completion of his course, was a com.- 
mencement debater with the Hon. Hiram D. L'pton, late speak- 
er of the N. H. House of Representatives on the question, " Is 
Suffrage a Birthright?" 

After spending two years as principal of the high school at 
Winchendon, Mass., he entered Harvard, where he remained 
three years, and was honored by being appointed by the faculty 
to represent the law school, at the university commencement 
in 1884, with an oration on the subject of " National Regulation 
of Inter-State Commerce." 

Coming from there to New York, he entered the office of 
James C. Carter, the distinguished leader of the local bar, and 
was admitted to practice in June, 1885. In December of that 
year he formed a business association with Senator Roscoe 
Conkling, which continued till the latter's death in 1888. Later 
he became a member of a partnership with Hon. Daniel Dough- 
erty and William A. Sweetser (assistant corporation counsel), 
and also was one of the editorial writers in an edition of 
" Smith's Leading Cases." 




He has at all times taken an active interest in public affairs 
and in the Presidential campaign of 1888 made upward of 
thirty speeches for Harrison. As a National Guardsman he 
engages enthusiastically in rifle practice, and has gained some 
distinction by his shooting in competitions as a member of his 
company's team. 

He is a member of the Harvard Club, Republican Club, Bar 
Association, Phi Beta Kappa Alumni, and Sons of the Revolu- 
tion. Apropos of the latter, it is interesting to note that on less 
than eight of his ancestors fought for American independence, 
viz.: Josiah Melville, Josiah Melville, Jr., Capt. Jonas Minot, 
James Nesmith, Reuben Gregg, Sergeant Adam Dickey, Gener- 
al Josiah Whitney and Josiah Whitney, Jr. The two Melvilles, 
two Whitneys and Minot were at Concord, the elder Whitney 
and Nesmith at Bunker Hill, and Dickey and Gregg at Ben- 

Mr. Melville stands well' among his contemporaries at the 
New York bar, and reflects credit upon Dartmouth, his alma 

(2) Arthur Nesmith, b. Aug. 10, 1861; d. Jan. 13, 1883; (3) Car- 
oline Lydia, b. Oct. 10, 1865; d. Aug. 15, 1885, in Nelson, N. H.; 
Caroline Lydia, b. Jan. 17, 1822; m. Francis W. Wright, of Ash- 
by, Mass.; d. in Ashby, Mass., Jan. 4, 1864; buried in Nelson, 
N. H.; 2 ch., (1) Henry Melville, d. young; (2) Dascomb Francis; 
(4) Ann Maria, Ij. Apr. 9, 1825; m. Dr. Leonard French (2d wife), d. 
Jan. 6, 1864; one child, Henry Minot, b. Apr. 1, 1853; Dr. Leon- 
ard d. in Manchester, N. H., Feb., 1892; (5) Lucy Eveline, b. Dec. 
12, 1828; d. Feb. 5, 1832,in Nelson, N. H ; (6) Mary Jane, b. Nov. 
17, 1832; m. Rev. Samuel H. Tolman; d. Aug. 31, 1875; buried 
in Nelson, N. H.; ch., Mary Melville, b. June 9, 1858; Edward 
Howe, b. Apr. 30, 1860; d. Mar. 14, 1877. 

2515. ix. ScoLLAY, b. Oct. 6, 1798; m. ; d. Lynn, Mass. 

2516. X. Betsey, b. June 4, 1801; m. Dec. 31, 1822, Capt. Asa Spaulding, 

res. Nelson. He was b. May 14, 1796. Ch.: Sylvester, m. Sarah 
Searles, of Townsend, Mass.; res. Keene, N. H.; Alfred, m. 
C. Ann Bromley, of Danby, Vt. She d. Mar. 7, 1869. 

1047. Stephen Whitney (Josiah, Richard, Richard, Richard, John), b. Har- 
vard, Mass., May 1, 1757; m. Feb. 6, 1783, Persis Locke; b. 1757; d. June 25, 1806, in 

He was born in Harvard, and resided in Roxbury, N. H. He sensed in the Revo- 
lutionary war, and participated in the battle of Bennington, in 1777; was in the com- 
pany from Harvard, commanded by Capt. Hezekiah Whitney. From 1798 to 1808, 
he kept an inn at Bloody Brook, in Deerfield, Mass., near the site of the Indian mas- 
sacre of 1675. In 1809 he resided in Sterling. He d. in Lynn, Mass.; res. Shutes- 
bury, Deerfield and Lynn, Mass. 


Polly, b. Mar. 2, 1783; m. Benjamin Marsh, of Deerfield. 
i. Stephen, b. June 6, 1785; d. Julv 20, 1786. 

ii. Betsey, b. Sept. 8, 1787; m. lS08, Abraham Sanderson, Jr., b 
Aug. 2, 1781; d.l821; m.2d Lucius Graham; b. ; d 

m. 3d Ebenezer Saxton; b. ; d. . She d. 1840. Ch. 

Perises, b. Oct. 30, 1809; m. Ansel C. Delano; she d. Sept. 1838 
Clarissa, b. May 31, 1812; m. Henry Church; res. Ohio; Try- 
phena, b. Nov. 2, 1814; m. Alson Cole, d. s. p. 1850; Dwight 
Whitney, b. Mar. 1, 1817; m. 1850, Harriett N. Grover; res. Sun- 
derland; Tryphosa Elvira, b. Feb. 10, 1820; m. Ephraim H. 
Curtiss; res. Newton; Lucius (Graham), b. Mar. 7, 1824; m. 
Minerva Kingsbury; 3 ch.; res. Conway. 

2520. iv. Cynthia, b. Apr. 14, 1790; m. Jan. 1, 1814, Jonathan Currier, of 

Concord, N. H. Ch.: Wm. Jackson, b. Feb. 21, 1815; graduated 
Andover and Amherst, M. D.; m. Susan B. Spalding; Chas. W., 
b. Mar. 9, 1817; studied medicine and went to Texas; Simon 
Pender, b. Aug. 19, 1822; m. Elizabeth Wakeman; res. Milwau- 
kee ^^is. 

2521. v. CLARissA.b. May 27, 1793; d. unm. at L., Mar. 20, 1811. 


2522. vi. Susan, b. June 9, 1795; m. Aug. 8, 1816, Richard Richards. He 
d. Dec. 19, 1851; res. Lynn, Mass. Ch.: Lydia M., b. Apr. 29, 
1817^ m. 1832, Albert T. Goodwin; res. Lynn; Jos. W., b. May 25, 
1820; m. Jan. 22, 1821; Bridget H., b. Apr. 26, 1825; m. 1839, 
Amos W. Fisher. 

2528. vii. Stephen, b. Aug. 6, 1797; d. at D., Aug. 24, 1803. 

2524. viii. Elvira, b. Mar. 2, 1804; m. William Watts, of L. 

1053. Capt. Lemuel Whitney (Josiah, Richard, Richard, Richard, John), b. 
Sept. 19, 1784; m. Dec. 4, 1804, Elizabeth Hall; b. Feb. 6, 1788; d. Apr. 30, 1852. 

Capt. Lemuel Whitney was the son of Gen. Josiah, and was born in Harvard, 
Mass. He was eleven years of age when his father moved from Harvard to Ashby. 
He was captain in the militia, and an officer for six years. He was fatally injured 
by falling from a load of hay, and died within a few days. He made his will July 6, 
and it was probated Sept. 6, 1853. He d. July 9, 1853; res. Ashburnham, Mass. 

2525. i. Henry H., b. June 11, 1805; m. Caroline F. Bailey. 

2526. ii. Dwell, b. Sept. 10, 1807; m. Emily Derby, and Mrs. Rebecca 

(Gilson) Crouch. 

2527. iii. Otis, b. Nov. 14, 1809; m. Hannah Parker. 

2528. iv. Betsey, b. Mar. 18, 1812; m. Feb. 2, 1832, Josiah Derby, b. July 4, 

1805, d. Apr. 4, 1876; farmer; res. Leominster, Mass. Ch.: Sarah 
E., b. May 23, 1833; d. June 13, 1844; Mary A., b. Sept. 28, 1834; 
m. Dec. 19, 1860, Wm. Flint; he d. in the army; she m. 2d fona 

E. Goodwin; she d. Sept. 7, 1887; Jane E., b. July 9, 1836; m. 
Feb. 25, 1869, John W.Whitney, and live at 36 Burnap street, 
Fitchburg, Mass.; Emily A., b. Jan. 14, 1838; m. July 29, 1860, 
George L. Fuller, of Shirley; she d. July 7, 1867; left one dau., 
Nellie M.; Euranie, b. Apr 30, 1839; m. June 2, 1859, Boardman 

F. Warren, of West Townsend, Mass.; they live there now; 
Josiah, b. Nov. 20, 1840; d. June 17, 1844; Franklin G., b. June 
10, 1842; d. July 20, 1842; Julia R., b. May 26. 1843; m. Nov. 21, 
1866, Joseph N. Day, of Lancaster; live in Leominster, Mass.; 
has one son, Melvin J., b. Nov. 6, 1870; Joseph H., b. Oct. 21, 
1844; d. May 26, 1866; Harriet E., b. July 31, 1846; m. Mar. 23, 
1875, Lafayette W. Pierce, Esq., of Winchendon; live in 
Gainesville, Ga.; Sarah A., b. Sept. 6, 1848; m. Oct. 10, 1874, 
Lewis Morse, of St. Albans, Vt.; live in Townsend, Mass.; 
Francena E., b. Oct. 3, 1850. 

2529. v. Lemuel, b. Aug. 9, 1818; m. Almira G. Pollard. 

2530. vi. Nancy, b. June 23, 1822; res. Ashby, 

1054. Daniel Whitney (Josiah, Richard, Richard, Richard, John), b. Oct. 25 
1786; m. Mar. 10, 1808, Hannah Shedd, of Waltham, Mass. 

Daniel Whitney was born in Mass. He was a master mason builder, and 
moved with his family from Boston, Mass., in 1825, on a sloop with all his worldly 
goods and family, consisting of ten children. It took a week to make the trip. He 
resided in New York City, and died at the age of 82. He made all the arrange- 
ments for his funeral one year before he died — chose eight pall bearers from among 
his most intimate friends of long standing. He had a presentiment one year before 
he died that he would die that year. There are many elegant residences standing 
now that he erected. He was very active after the great fire of 1835. He. d. Apr. 
18, 1869; res. Waltham and Boston, Mass., and New York City, N. Y. 

Daniel J., b. Feb. 11, 1809; d. San Francisco, Cal., Feb. 10, 1850. 
Hannah Maria, b. Oct. 10, 1810; d. unm. Dec. 25, 1859. 
George, b. Oct. 30, 1812; d. at sea. 
Josiah M., b. Jan. 19, 1814; m. Mary Jane Ayers. 
Edward Oliver, b. Dec. 24, 1816; m. Eliza Lawrence. 
Lucy Jane, b. Dec. 16. 1818; m. Oct. 19, 1854, George B. Revere, 
b. Jan. 26, 1823; d. Dec. 11, 1882. She d. Jan. 11, 1861. Ch.: 
Susanna W., b. Apr. 23, 1857; res. 572 No. Carey St., Brockton, 
Mass.; Paul, b. Feb. 20, 1860; m. and res. W. Bridgewater, Mass. 
This was Mr. Revere's second marriage. By his first wife he 
had two ch. After Lucy Jane's death he m. 3d, Oct. 4, 1868 
Arabella Groves in Yarmouth, Me.; ch., Jennie Belle, b. Aug. 2 
1869; d. Sept. 8, 1870. 












2537. vii. Susanna, b. Feb. 24, 1821; res. 68 Bank St., New York Citv. 

2538. viii. Benjamin Shurtliff, b. Nov. 6, 1822; d. Aug. 6, 1850. 

2539. ix. Abigail, b. Nov. 21, 1824; m. Theodore Crowell; res. Dillsburg,. 

Pa. Ch.: Whitney, b. ; res. Arlington, N. J. 

2540. X. William Minott, b. Jan. 2, 1827; m. Amelia Cook. 

2541. xi. Warren Webster, b. Mar. 12, 1829; m. Jenny A. Bard. 

2542. xii. Sarah Louisa, b. Sept. 26, 1881; d. Aug. 14, 1832. 

1056. Moses Gill Whitney (Josiah, Richard, Richard, Richard, John), b. Feb. 
4, 1791; m. Ann Shields; res. Bennington, Vt. 

2543. iii. Josiah, b. ; m. Sarah Dickenson. 

2544. i. Lewis, b. ; m. . He d. in Greenfield, Mass., leaving 

two ch. The widow and son went west and d. there. The 
other child was a dau. 

2545. ii. Royal, b. ; m. . He m. twice and d. in Bennington, 

Vt., leaving a dau. 

2546. iv. Moses Gill, b. Apr. 30, 1821; m. Nov. 28, 1844, Charlotte W. 

Farnsworth, b. Dec. 6, 1820. He d. s. p. Jan. 26, 1852; res. 
Chicopee, Mass. 

2547. V, Dau, b. ; d. infancy. 

1059. Joshua Whitney (Caleb, Jonathan, Richard, Richard, John), b. Harvard,. 
Feb. 18, 1764; m. in Sterling, Mass., 1783, Vashti Knight, b. 1759. His widow peti- 
tions the court for her third of the estate Oct. 20, 1812. She d. Sterling, Oct., 1832. 
He d. July, 1812; res. Gardner, Mass. 

Oliver, b. Apr. 28, 1784; m. Rebecca Nichols. 

Joshua, b. Feb. 9, 1786; d. Feb. 16, 1792. 

Dorcas, b. Jan. 14, 1798; m. Edmond Nichols. Ch.: Joel and 
Betsey. They res. Gardner, Mass. 

Dolly, b. Mar. 28, 1790; d. May 9, 1791. 

Joseph, b. Mar. 24, 1792; m. Nancy Sawin. 

Dolly, b. Sept. 27, 1793; m. Asa Holden. 

Joshua, b. Mar. 24, 1795; d. May 2, 1795. 

John, b. Apr. 21, 1796; m. Rachel Osgood. 

Joel, b. Apr. 13, 1798; d. Mar. 15, 1801. 

Ebenezer, b. Aug. 1, 1800; d. bef. 1812. 

Silas, b. Nov. 11, 1804; d. bef. 1812. 

Mary, b. Dec. 20, 1807; m. John Sawyer. 

1065. Jonathan Whitney (Caleb, Jonathan, Richard, Richard, John), b. Sept. 
18, 1768; m. Lucy Wheeler, b. June 6, 1771. She d. Sterling, Mass., Jan, 2, 1856. He 
made his will Apr. 13, 1835, and it was probated May 1, 1847. He d. Feb. 18, 1847; 
res. Sterling, Mass. 

2560. i. Lucy, b. May 11, 1794; m. Sept. 2, 1813, Calvin Wheeler, b. Aug. 

4, 1788; d. Jan. 2, 1860. She d. Apr. 11, 1871. Ch.: Mary Hap- 
good, b. Apr. 22, 1814; d. Aug. 14, 1842; Jonathan Whitney, b. 
Nov. 7, 1816; m. Aug. 15, 1850; d. July 22, 1889; Levi, b. May 
22, 1819; m. Apr.. 1844; d. Nov. 12, 1883; Betsey, b. Nov. 4,. 
1821; d. Aug. 31, 1825; Lucy. b. Oct. 30, 1826; d. May 18, 1837; 
Elizabeth, b. Jan. 3, 1830; m. Feb. 4, 1851, D. F. Messinger; res. 
29 Myrtle St.. Worcester, Mass.; Lydia Ann, b. Oct. 31, 1831; d. 
May 10, 1837; George Gay, b. Oct. 7, 1835; d. Oct. 14, 1844; 
Charles, b. July 1, 1838; res. Lake Forest, 111. 

2.561 ii. Priscilla, b. Jan. 9, 1797; m. in 1816, Leonard Mason, b. Jan. 25, 
1789; d. Feb. 7, 1863. She d. Apr. 6, 1879. Ch.: Mary, b. Dec. 
28, 1817; m. May 17, 1837, Amos E. Kendall; res. E. Princeton, 
Mass.; Betsey M., b. Jan. 26, 1820; m. May, 1843, Lysander B. 
Barnes. She d. Oct. 31, 1863; Joel W., b. Oct. 30, 1821; m. May 

5, 1847, Mary E. Thomas. He d. July 5, 1894. He was b. in 
East Princeton. At his death he was senior member of the firm 
of J. W. Mason & Co., chair and furniture manufacturers in 
New York City and at Hunter. His character was firm and 
commanding, but with a keen sense of the humorous — at all 
times ready to see and appreciate a joke, and always ready 
with a pleasantry. He looked on the bright side of life, was 


























never discouraged, but bravely met and,overcame all obstacles- 
Meanness of any description excited his contempt, and honesty 
and integrity were his constant precept and practice. He was 
born to command, and was only satisfied when command de- 
volved upon him. It may be recollected by some that while 
Hon. Chester A. Arthur was President of the United States he 
visited Hunter as the guest of Col. Mason. He held many posi- 
tions of honor at various times; Fanny, b. Sept. 30, 1823; m. 
Nov. 23, 1842, Peter M. Keyes; res. E. Princeton; Silas, b. Apr. 
6, 1826; m. Clementina Ballou and Maria Wheeler; res. Heart- 
wellville, Vt.; Jonathan W., b. July 20, 1827; d. Aug. 26, 1827; 
Jonas B., b. j;uly 15, 1828; d. July 30, 1832; Marshall, b. May 25, 
1830; m. twice; Mar. 15, 1854, Lucena M. Janes, and Apr. 8, 
1863, Elizabeth P. Safford; res. St. Albans, Vt.; Louisa E., b. 
Jan. 31, 1832; d. Mar. 23, 1832; Hezekiah W., b. June 12, 1833; 
m. May 7, 1854, Phcebe A. Hunt; res. Baldwinsville, Mass. 

2562. iii. Betsey, b. ; m. —Church; res. Templeton, Mass. 

2563. iv. Caleb, b. . 

2564. V. Jonathan, b. July, 1802; m. Lucy Spaulding, and Lorena French. 

2565. vi. Joel, b. ; m. Seraph W. Sawyer. 

2566. vii. Hezekiah, b, ; m. Eliza I. . He d. s. p., Fitchburg, 

Mass., Feb. 3, 1876. 

2567. viii. Joseph, b. Sterling, Nov. 22, 1810; m. . 

1075. Wetherbee Whitney (Simon, Jonathan, Richard, Richard, Johnj.b. Har- 
vard, Mass., May 3, 1746; m. there July 7, 1774, Abigail Warner; b. Feb. 7, 1746. He was 
a farmer. His will was probated Aug. 28, 1776. He d. Oct. 14, 1775; res. Harvard, 

2568. i. Artemas, b. June 8, 1775; d. Mar. 1, 1777. The wid. m. 2d, Sept. 

12, 1778, Nicholas Patterson; res. Harvard. He was b. Mar. 22, 
1740. ^s'icholas took up land at Otter Creek, Vt. His family 
remained in H. While living there in a hut he d. in 1790. Ch. 
by Abigail: Abigail, b. July 22, 1779; d. infancv; Abigail Willard, 
b. June 13, 1780; d. June 23, 1813; Artemas, b. Apr. 7, 1781; 
Lucinda, b. Feb. 25, 1783; d. 1832; Anna Willard, b. Mar. 5, 1785; 
Alexander, b. May 15, 1787; d. unm. at sea. 

1086. Simon Whitney (Simon, Jonathan, Richard, Richard, John), b. Harvard. 
Mar. 17, 1770; m. there May 22, 1792, Polly Welch; d. 1840. He was a licensed store 
keeper in Harvard from 1792-7. Simon Whitney's will, late of Harvard, wife Mary. 
Gives to widow of brother Reubin Meeds and her three children. The residue 
between brother Judah Whitney's children, sister Sarah Taylor's children, sister 
Patience Willard's children, sister Hannah Priest's children, sister Amy Draper's 
children, brother Reubin Meeds' children; Thomas Welch Bolton, exec, Nov. 17, 
1818. Mary Whitney's will, of Harvard. Gives to Mary, wife of Wm. Lock, of New- 
ton; Mary, dau. of brother Thom. Welch. Gives to Mary Ann and Sophia, daus. of 
brother Silas Welch ; brother Thomas Welch, of Leominster, Orange and Silas Welch, 
children of Silas Welch; Thomas Welch, exec, Sept. 5, 1822, 1st Tues., July, 1840. 
He d. 1818, s. p.; res. Harvard, Mass. 

1091. Corp. Phinehas W^hitney (Jonathan, Jonathan, Richard, Richard. John), 
b. Harvard, July 3, 1747; m. Oct. 31, 1765, Keziah Farnsworth. She d. June 26, 1827, at 
Norway, Me. 

He was in the Revolutionary war from Harvard, Mass. First served in Capt. 
Joseph Moore's company, from Groton, in Col. Wm. Prescott's regiment, enlisting 
when the war broke out. From Feb. 5, 1777, to Jan. 28, 1780, he was corporal in Capt. 
Benj. Brown's company in Col. Michael Jackson's regiment. In 1781 he re-enlisted 
for three years. At this time, 1781, his age, is given at 23, which is incorrect. He 
was 5 feet 11 inches tall, dark complexion, and by occupation a farmer. He was at 
the battle of Bunker Hill in the rear of the breastworks, against which the British 
troops were advancing. He had just put the last charge in his gun when a British 
officer mounted the works and cried out " Rush on, the fort is ours." Whitney shot 
the officer and clubbing his musket escaped, though badly wounded. When he was 
75 years of age he was obliged to have one of his limbs amputated on account of the 
wound. April 11, 1818, he was given a pension by the U. S. government for Revo- 


lutionary services. The town clerk at Norway, Me., writes as follows: According to the 
Norway town history, Phinehas Whitney lived in that part of Norway known as the 
" Waterford Three Tiers," and was said to be a Revolutionary soldier, and in the battle 
of Bunker Hill. I am unable to learn anything of his family, although the history 
speaks of his having one son. He d. May 21, 1830, of old age; res. Harvard, Mass., 
and " Waterford Three Tiers," Norway, Me. 

2569. i. Mary, b. May 15, 1766, at Harvard. 

1108. Ebenezer Whitney (Zachariah, Ebenezer. Richard, John),b. Mansfield, 
Conn., ^iay 28, 1762; m. in Uxbridge, Mass., Dec. 18, 1786, Rachel Perne Rawson, of 
Uxbridge; b. Mendon, Apr. 3, 1764; d. Montague, Mass., Nov. 15, 1819; m. 2d, Feb. 
24, 1821, Lavinia Burnham Potter; b. Jan. 25, 1788; d. Nov. 30, 1866. 

He was born in Mansfield, Conn . , in 1762, on a farm, where he resided until three 
years of age when he moved with his parents to Montague, Mass., where he lived 
until about his majority, on attaining which he went to Worcester and enlisted as a 
private m the Continental army in the company commanded by Capt Joshua Pierce 
in Col. Bigelow's regiment, in which he served from Sept. 14, 1777, until Dec. 31, 1779. 
In 1780, according to the army books, he was a private in Col. Bigelow's regiment. 
In 1786, after the war was over, he was married in Uxbridge and returned to Mon- 
tague, where he ever after resided, except for a short when he lived in Conway, 
Mass. He received a pension from the government which began Apr. 9, 1818; at that 
time it was stated he was of the Massachusetts continental line. He followed agri- 
cultural pursuits all his life after the war. He was given a pension by the govern- 
ment May 6, 1818, when 70 years of age. He d. Mar. 31, 1855; res. Conway and Mon- 
tague, Mass. 

• Asa R., b. Jan. 31, 1803; d. unm. at Montague, 1871. 

Isaac, b. Jan. 22, 1788; m. Laura Montague. 

Emory, b. Oct. 6, 1794; m. Rosanna Selleck. 

Otis, b. Feb. 1, 1790; m. Thirza Glazier. 

Appollus, b. Dec. 2, 1791; m. Charlotte Hamilton. 

Ebenezer, b. June 29, 1799; m. Dianna Hildreth. 

Sophia, b. Dec. 13, 1796; m. Ira Benjamin. She d. Mar. 19, 1850. 

Joseph M., b. Jan. 11, 1824; m. Mary Hunt. 

1119. Ezekiel Whitney (Ezekiel, Ezekiel, Ebenezer, Richard, John), b. Plain- 
field, Conn., May 15, 1758; m. at Stamford, Nov. 17, 1788, Phebe Hoyt, of Stamford. 
He was in the Revolutionary war and bore the character of an excellent pious man 
and was beloved, esteemed and respected by all. He d. Apr. 25, 1835; res. Stam- 
ford, Conn, and Waterford, N. Y. 

2578. i. Sarah, b. Mar. 8, 1785; m. at W. May 23, 1801, Daniel McGiver; 

res. W. He d. there Feb. 23, 1827, ae. 52. She d. Mar. 7, 1872. 
He was in the war of 1812. 
Ezekiel Hoyt, b. Apr. 16, 1788; m. Elizabeth Ostrander. 
Phebe, b. Mar. 19, 1794; d. Sept. 9, 1795. 
Lucy, b. Oct. 7, 1797; m. Foster King. She d. Dec. 22, 1868. 
Abigail, b. Oct. 7, 1797; d. May 30, 1802. 

1123a. Sergt. Ebenezer Whitney (Ebenezer, Ezekiel, Ebenezer, Richard, 
John), b. Worcester, Mass., in 1759; m. there Martha Gates, b. Apr. 1760: d. Sept. 18, 
1847, He was in the Revolutionary war for six and one-half years, first serving in a 
Worcester company. He d. June 17, 1836; res. Worcester, Mass. 

2581a. 1. Ebenezer, b. May 23, 1788; m. Annis Kingsbury. 

2582a. ii. Betsey, b. 2584a. i v. Ann, b. 

2583a. iii. Polly, b. 2585a. v. Patty, b. 

All d. in Worcester, Mass. 

1125. Enoch Whitney (David, Thomas, Thomas, Thomas, John;, b. Harvard, 

Mass., Sept. 25, 1756; m. Hannah . He was in the Revolutionary war in the 

company from Harvard commanded by Capt. Sargent; res. Harvard, Mass. 

2582. i. Sally, b. Feb. 21, 1780; m. Nov. 1, 1808, at Harvard, Elijah 


2583. ii. William, b. Feb. 27, 1786; m. Betsey Farnsworth. 

2584. iii. Lydia, b. July 27, 1792. 

1126. Isaac Whitney (David, Thomas, Thomas, Thomas, John), b. Nov. 27, 
1761, in Harvard; m. Mar. 22, 1785, Susannah Fletcher; res. Harvard, Ashburnham 
and Ashby, Mass., 1786. 

























2585. i. Isaac, b. Jan. 18, 1787; m. 1809, Sally Broughton; res. Ashburn- 

ham and Ashby, Mass. 

2586. ii. DAViD.b. Mar. 14,1789. 2589. v, Polly, b. Feb. 3, 1796. 

2587. iii. Susannah, b. Mar, 14, 2f.90. vi. Nabby, b. Mar. 12, 1798. 

1791. 2591. vii. Samuel, b. July 2. 1807. 

2588. iv, BETSEV,b. Oct. 30, 1792. 

2592. viii, Zimri, b. June 17, 1809; d. 1879. He m. 1834, Nancy Lawrence. 

He d.feh de se\ res. Ashby, Mass. 

2593. ix. David, b. Mar. 1, 1809; m. Charlotte Blanchard. 

1128. Joseph Whitney (Joseph, Thomas, Thomas, Thomas, John), b. Shutes- 
bury or Shelburne, Mass., Feb. 28, 1748; m. Dec. 15, 1771, Abigail Barnard; b. Jan. 5, 
1751; d. Dec. 27,1813. 

He was probably born in Shelburne, where he was married and was a farmer. 
During the Revolutionary war he served in one of the companies from Shelburne, 
and his name is found on the Revolutionary records in the State House of Boston. 
His farm was located one mile north of the old center. He and his wife were both 
interred in one grave. They were admitted to the church by letter in 1778, probably 
from Shutesbury. He d. Dec. 29, 1813; res. Shelburne, Mass. 

2594. i. Moses, b. Sept. 24, 1772; m. Lydia Allen. 

2595. ii, LuciNDA,b. Jan. 18, 1776; m. July 3, 1794, Joseph Merrill; res. Shel- 

burne. He was a cutlery manufacturer and kept a store in S. in 
1801. She d. Jan. 24, 1858. He d. Sept. 29, 1844. 

2596. iii. Hannah, b. July 20, 1788; m. July 14, 1793, Igal Fellows. He d. 

May 28, 1849. Was b. July 14, 1783; res. Shelburne. She d. 
Apr. 11, 1859. 

2597. iv. Abigail, b. Feb. 13, 1786; m. Oct. 2, 1808, Rev. Amariah Chan- 

dler. He was m. three times, this being his first wife. Rev. Dr. 
Amariah Chandler was born Oct. 27, 1782, in Deerfield, Mass. 
He graduated at college in Burlington, Vt.; was ordained at 
Waitsfield, Vt., in 1810, and preached later at Hardwick, Vt., 
and Greenfield, Mass. His wife died at the latter place Jan. 
19, 1833; ae. 47. He d Oct. 20, 1864. Ch.: Henry Satterlee 
Lewis, b. Aug. 20, 1809; m. Merietta Joslyn; Clarissa Naomi, b. 
Jan. 25, 1811; m. Geo. F. Kidder; Moses Eliphalet, b. May 15, 
1818; dau. res. Allegan, Mich.,d. Nov. 26, 1857; Joseph Whitney, b. 
June 20, 1815; m. Adaline Goodnow; Abigail Barnard, b. May 1, 
1818; m. Wm. Lyman; Lydia Cerentha, b. Jan. 23, 1822; m. 
Joseph C. Prentiss; Amariah, b. Apr. 4, 1824; d. Aug. 10, 1834; 
Susan Barron Jubilee, b. July 4, 1826; m. Elisha G. Arms. 

Joseph, b. Apr. 4, 1781 ; d. June 11, 1787. 

Abigail, b. May 19, 1783; d. Aug. 3, 1786. 

Lidia, b. Feb. 21, 1778; d. Aug. 31, 1852. 

Betsey, b. Mar. 21, 1794; d. Jan. 5, 1814. 

Clarissa, b. Feb. 13, 1792; m. Dec. 24, 1812, Philetus Childs; b. 
1785; d. Sept. 13, 1858. She d. Sept. 17, 1860; res. Shelburne. 
2603. X. Elizabeth, b. Feb. 23, 1774; d. in Shutesbury, Oct. 23, 1775, 

11.32. Silas Whitney (David, Benjamin, Thomas, Thomas, John), b. prob. 
1737; m. in Shrewsbury, Mass., Mar., 1758, Jane Pearson, of that place. 

He was born probably in 1737. In 1758 he went to No Town (Princeton) and 
purchased land. He was a blacksmith and followed that trade. His wife, whom he 
married soon after going to No Town, was from Shrewsbury, where they were mar- 
ried. In 1763 he moved to Winchendon, and soon after, in Feb., 1773, to Rindge, 
N. H., from which place he was warned out of town. While residing in Winchendon 
he kept hotel at the center, and in 1764 was chosen church warden and surveyor of 
boards and shingles. Later he moved to Clarendon, Vt. In the county of Worces- 
ter, Mass., Registry of Deeds, lib. 57, fol. 50, there is a record of a deed of Silas Whit- 
ney and wife Jane, of Princeton, to one Jones, July 2, 1762. This is the land he had 
purchased four years before. Res. Princeton and Winchendon Mass., Rindge, N. H, 
Clarendon, Vt. 

2603. i. Love, b. Dec. 18. 1758. 

2604. ii. David, b, Aug. 31,1761; m. Sarah Wilson. 

2605. iii. Silas, b. June 12, 1762; res. St. Armand, P. Q., where he d and 

was buried. 




















2606. iv. Oliver, b. in W., Sept. 16, 1764; m. Abigail Crampton. 

2607. V. Baktholomew, b. June 30, 1766; m. Lois ; res. Clarendon, 

Vt., and had a son, Joel, b. Sept. 9, 1791. 

2608. vi. jANE,b. June6, 1768. 

2609. vii. PHEBE.b. Dec. 1, 1770. 

2610. viii. Samuel, b. Winchendon, 1771 or 1772; m. Eunice Whitney and 

Martha Parmeuter. 

2611. ix. Mercy, b. Rindge, N. H., 1773. 

2612. X. Benjamin, b. Dec. 16, 1777; m. Mary . 

2613. xi. Solomon, b. . 

2614. xii. Lucv, b. ; m. — Brown. 

1134. Capt. Benjamin Whitney (Solomon, Benjamin, Thomas, Thomas, John), 

b. Petersham, Mass., June 10,1753; m. in Petersham . Reserved in the 

Revolutionarv war in the Petersham company as second lieutenant, and later was 
under Gen. Lee and iinally commissioned a captain. She d. in Simpson, P. Q. He 
d. in 1830; res. Petersham, Mass., and Simpson, P. Q. 

Benjamin, b. — . 2616. ii. JoB,b. — . 2617. iii. Solomon, b. . 

Newall, b. May 1, 1791; m. Elizabeth Whitehead. 

Lucinda, b. ; m. Gushing. 2620. vi. Miriam, b. . 

Susan, b. ; m. Oct. 24. 1802, Joseph Gleason; b. Apr. 7, 1781. 

He was a farmer; res. Petersham. Ch.: (See Hist, of Mid Go., 
Stow for sketch.) Benjamin W., b. Oct. 12, 1806; m. Aug. 31, 
1831, Louisa Fessenden, of Shrewsbury; 5 ch. 
2622. viii. John, b. . 2623. ix. Lvdia, b. . 

1138. David Whitney (Samuel, Benjamin, Thomas, Thomas, John), b. Aug. 
14, 1761; m. in Goncord, June 1, 1786, Betsey Darby, b. 1766, d. lt<43. 

David Whitney married his wife in Goncord, Mass., and soon moved to a farm 
in Rindge, X. H. After a short residence there he purchased a large farm in Bol- 
ton, Mass., one of the best in that town, and ever after resided there. He made his 
will in 1833, dividing his estate. He d. Sept. 17, 1838; res. Rindge, N. H., and Bol- 
ton, Mass. 

Samuel, b. Dec. 7, 1788; m. Fanny Hudson and Mrs. Lydia 

(Sawyer) Whitney. 
Betsey, b. Jan. 2, 1792; m. in Lancaster, Mar. 29, 1814, Robert 

Hudson, Jr., of Lancaster; res. Boylston. 
Nancy, b. Mar. 20, 1794; m. Oct. 4, 1814, Joseph Powers of Rut- 
land. She d. July 20,1832, leaving 5 ch.; res. Belchertown. 
Sally, b. May 20, 1796; m. July 1, 1823, William B. Sanger of 

Templeton. She d. Jan. 15, 1851, leaving 1 ch. 
David, b. Apr. 14, 1798; d. Mar. 7, 1816. 
Lucv.b. June 6, 1800; m. Dec. 28, 1818, Joel Brown of Goncord; 

11 ch.; res. Boylston. 
Joseph, b. Aug. 12, 1802; m. Eliza Saunders. 
Nathan, b. July 30, 1804; m. Eliza Stevens. 

1145. Samuel Austin Whitney (Samuel, Benjamin, Thomas, Thomas, John), 
b. Sept. 27, 1770; m. July 28, 1801, Ruth Perkins, b. 1772; d. Sept. 15, 1849. 

He was an enterprising merchant and ship owner, remarkable through life for 
his great energy and personal courage. About 1799 Mr. Samuel Austin Whitney 
owned several ships, one of which, believed to have been th« " Hiram," he com- 
manded himself when she was captured by a French armed vessel. The crew were 
taken out, with the exception of Capt. Whitney, his young brother, Henry, a lad of 
16 years, and the cook, and the ship was placed in charge of a force of ten men under 
an officer. Capt. Whitney had secreted his pistols in a crate of ware, and made known 
to his brother and the cook his determination to recapture the vessel. He imme- 
diately began to put out of the way everything that could be used as a weapon 
against himself, the Frenchmen, with the exception of their commander, being un- 
armed; and seizing an opportunity when but two of the crew were on deck, one at 
the wheel and one asleep on a hen-coop, by the aid of his two companions he retook 
the ship. The man at the wheel he threw overboard, and ran to the other, the prize- 
master, intending to serve him in the same way, but he grasped the chains and held 
on. Hearing the scuffle, the men below came up, when Capt. Whitney aimed a 
pistol at the one in advance, who turned, and with his companions ran like a flock of 















sheep around the long boat, young Henry, armed with a dirk and the cook with boil- 
ing water, bringing up in the rear. In their panic, following their leader, the men 
rushed below, when the companion way was closed and the cook stationed with a 
junk bottle to beat them down should they attempt to come up. This was the work 
•of a moment. The prize-master, who had in the meantime regained the deck, 
stabbed Henry in the side and disabled him, but Capt. Whitney felled the officer by 
a blow from a handspike, and shortly after placed him below with the crew. He 
jiow made sail for an English port, when he was again captured by another French- 
man. Mr. Whitney used to relate that the mortification and rage of his new captors 
when they learned the state of affairs on board was most amusing. His brother, 
Henry and the cook were now taken ofT, and seventeen men being placed in the 
ship, he was tauntingly told that he was to be left on board to retake her if he could, 
although he was really left to assist in the navigation. He secretly accepted this 
challenge, basing his hopes on putting the instruments out of order; and at length 
succeeded in so changing them that his captors were completely lost. Capt. Whit- 
ney in the meanwhile, having kept his own reckoning, had altered the ship's course 
and was quietly taking her into New York, and the high lands were in sight before 
the crew knew where they were. He now told them that if they would allow him to 
take them in he would pledge himself for their safety; but after consultation, not 
dreaming by whose means they had got where they were, they concluded to try 
again, and shaped their course for the West Indies. Capt. Whitney again disar- 
ranged the instruments, and carried the ship into an English port (Jamaica it is 
thought), alongside of an English frigate lying at anchor. The frigate sent off a 
barge to them, which was the first intimation the Frenchmen received of their hav- 
ing been outwitted. The English took possession and claimed the vessel as a 
capture from the French, but Capt. Whitney argued that he himself recaptured the 
ship by running her into port under their guns. The case was taken into their Court 
of Admiralty, where an award of $10,000 was made to the frigate. This sum Mr. 
Whitney paid, shipped a new crew, and brought his vessel safely into New York. 
.(Condensed from family MSS). He d. Oct. 15, 1846; res. Lincolnville, Me. 

Samuel, b. July 30, 1802; m. Rebecca W. Howe. 

Lucy, b. Apr. 1, 1804; m. Nov. IT, 1829, Dr. William Ludwig; 2 ch. 

John Perkins, b. Dec. 30, 1805; m. Tempe P. Johnston. 

Mary Jane, b. July 2, 1811; m. Dec. 10, 1843, William A. Schenck; 

2636. V. Phebe, b. Julv 5, 1816; m. May 22, 1843, Dr. Edward Wm. Hook; 


1146. Joseph Whitney (Samuel, Benjamin, Thomas, Thomas, John), b. Sept. 

19, 1771; m. Sept. 24, 1793, Sally Collins; b. 1773; d. at Newburyport, Mass., of 
yellow fever, Sept. 22, 1799; m. 2d, Oct. 18, 1803; Catherine Smith, b. ; d. June 

20, 1809; m. 3d, Mrs. Catherine Whitney, b. 1774; d. May 27, 1836. He is buried in the 
■Granary burial ground. He d. June 24, 1812; res. Boston, Mass. 

2637. i. Joseph, b. June 11, 1796; m. Elizabeth Pratt. 

1149. Cyrus Whitney (Samuel, Benjamin, Thomas, Thomas, John), b. Dec. 24, 
1774; m. Dec. 28, 1795, Mary Brewer; res. Geneva, N. Y. 

2688. i. , b. ; m. David B. Downing; res. Geneva, N. Y. 

1151. Henry Whitney (Samuel, Benjamin, Thomas, Thomas, John), b. Jan. 29, 
1783; m. Mar. 27, 1807, Lucy Perkins. He d. Havre, France, Apr. 27, 1837; res. Cas- 
tine. Me. 

Nancy, b. July 15, 1808; m. 1825, Joshua C. Adams; d. Jan. 1.5, 

1852; 15 ch. 
Henry, b. Feb. 15, 1810; merchant; unm.; res. Liverpool, Eng- 
William, b. Nov. 17. 1811; d. Feb. 8, 1814. 
Lucy, b. Aug. 15, 1813; m. Moses Gay, Jr. She d. s. p. at Havre, 

France, Sept. 26, 1841. 
William Cutler, b. July 20, 1815; d. Sept. 30, 1816. 
Charles, b. Oct. 29, 1817; drowned Penobscot Bay, Oct. 1. 1831. 

Samuel Austin, b. ; m. Ann E. Auld, and d. s.p., N. O., La., 

Oct. 28, 1850. 
2646. viii. John Perkins, b. Jan. 20, 1820. He. d. unm. at N. O., Aug. 11, 

















2647 ix. Frances, b. Apr. 3, 1823; m. Oct. 7, 1847, Leonard T. Whiting; 2 
ch. She m. 2d, May 1, 1869, Samuel K. Whiting; 3 ch. 

2648. X. Sarah, b. June 15, 1825; d. Apr. 2, 1842. 

2649. xi. Phebe, b. May 11, 1829. 

1153 Ebenezer Whitney (Samuel, Benjamin, Thomas, Thomas, John), b. 
Boston, Mass., Mar. 17, 1780; m. in Philadelphia, Pa., Aug. 27, 1807, Bathsheba Tin- 
kin Heston, He d. Feb. 3, 1823; res. Glassboro, N. J. 

2650. i. Samuel, b. Oct. 21, 1808; d. Jan. 17, 1810. 

2651. ii. Abigail Cutler, b. June 4, 1810; m. Apr. 28, 1839, Woodward 

Warrick. She d. Oct. 31, 1854; 5 ch. 

2652. iii. Thomas Heston, b. Jan. 4, 1813; m. Josephine H. Whitney. 

2663. iv. Harriett, b. Dec. 6, 1814; m. Dec. 28, 1842, Dr. Myles Synnott; 


2664. V. Eben Wharton, b. Jan. 28, 1817; m. Lucy Warrick. 

2665. vi. Samuel Austin, b. July 7, 1819; unm. 

1154. Aaron Whitney (Nathan, Nathan, Thomas, Thomas, John), b. Stow, 

Mass., July 31, 1752; m. ; was a farmer. He d. in 1791; res. Conway, 


2656. i. Otis, b. May 24, 1781; m. Sarah Edwards. 

2657. ii. Chester, b. Dec, 1783; m. Polly Waite Green. 

2658. iii. , b. ; m. — — — Gun; res. Conway. 

1164. Lieut. Timothy Whitney (Thomas, Thomas, Eleazer, Thomas, John), 
b. Nov. 29, 1753; m. Phebe Reed. Timothy Whitney was a lieutenant in Capt. 
Joseph Warren's company in Sept., 1777, from Grafton; res. Marlboro, Mass. 

2659. i. Thomas, b. June 16, 1777; m. Abigail Hapgood. 

2660. ii. Susanna, b. Feb. 26, 2664. vi. Phebe, b. Mar. 12, 

1782. 1795. 

2661. iii. Nathan, b. Aug. 15, 2666. vii. Henry, b. Nov. 6, 

1784. 1797. 

2662. iv. LEWis.b. Apr. 7, 1788. 2666. viii. Sophia, b. Dec. 25, 

2663. V. Edward W., b. Jan. 1799. 

29, 1793. 

1166. Elijah Whitney (Thomas, Thomas, Eleazer, Thomas, John), b. Apr. 21, 
1761; m. May 29, 1785, Mindwell Hardy, b. Nov. 27, 1763; d. Apr. 28, 1853. Elijah 
Whitney, b. April 21, 1761, was the son of Thomas Whitney, of Shrewsbury, and his 
wife, Anna Gould; and by the history of the town belonged to the John Whitney 
family, of Watertown. He (Elijah) died Aug. 24, 1817. m his 67th year. His wife, 
Mrs. Mindwell (Hardy) Whitney, was born Nov. 27, 1763, and died Apr. 28, 1853, 
ae. 89 years, 5 months, and 1 day. Elijah Whitney was a handsome man, and an 
excellent farmer; and his father Thomas seems to have relied upon him mainly for 
business advice. When the "Shoe," in 1762, was annexed to Westborough, Thomas 
(the father) wanted to remain a citizen of Shrewsbury, and his request was gratified; 
but he, however, yielded to Elijah's request, Mar. 12, 1793, and his farm, which had 
become Elijah's property, was annexed to Westborough. He was kind to his chil- 
dren, and allowed his son Elijah to leave his trade and pursue a course in the col- 
leges, and graduate as a learned man. His comparatively early death was a fearful 
blow to his sons, who were just passing into manhood. He was frugal and careful 
in his life, and left a fair amount of real estate to be divided among his children; 
but there were so many that each one received but a small share. He d. Aug. 24, 
1817; res. Shrewsbury and Westboro, Mass. 

2667. i. Azubah, b. Oct. 13, 1786; m. Adams. 

2668. ii. Naham, b. Jan. 7, 1788; m. Susanna Adams. 

2669. vii. Elijah, b. Nov. 26, 1798; m. Cornelia L. Pratt and Wealthy 


2670. iii. Aseneth, b. Mar. 12, 1790; m. Bryant. 

2671. iv. Joel, b. May 12, 1792; m. Sept. 6, 1813, Ebial Nason; res. Grafton 

and Westboro, Mass. 

2672. v. David, b. June 9, 1796; m. Samaria Wheeler. 

2673. vi. Levi, b. Mar. 26, 1797; d. May 1, 1797. 

2674. ix. Mindwell Clarinda, 2675. x. Orestes O., b. June 

b. Feb. 11, 1801. 28, 1806. 


2676. xi. Daniel, b. Feb. 21, 1807; m. Nancy and Sarah F. . 

2677. xii. Dexter O., b. Sept. 17, 1809; m. Catherine . 











res. Shrewsbury and Westboro, Mass. 

2678. i. ' William K., b. Apr. 5, 1795; m. Deborah Woodard and Mary 

Ann Billings. 

2679. ii. Artemas H., b. Jan. 14, 1797; m. Nabby Skinner and Caroline M. 


2680. iii. Joseph H., b. Feb. 25, 1799; m. Lucy Green. 

2681. iv. John Flint, b. May, 1805; m. Sophia Bulkley. 

2682. V. Washington, b. . 

1169. Jonah Whitney (Thomas, Thomas, Eleazer, Thomas, John), b. Aug. 25, 
1771; m. May 21, 1797, Anna Rider. He was killed while moving a building. His 
widow requested the Probate Court to grant her an assignment of her dower, accord- 
ing to law Apr. 13, 1813. He d. Oct. 3, 1810; res. Shrewsbury and Westboro, Mass. 

■ Phila, b. Apr. 12, 1798. 2684. ii. Patty, b. May 17, 1800. 

Seraph, b. Apr. 4, 1802; d. Oct. 16, 1803. 

Orlando, b. Julv 23, 1804; m. Susan M. Wood. 

Polly, b. Oct. 9, 1806. 2688. vi. Margaret Ann, b. Feb. 1, 

Jonah, b. Mar. 29, 1811. 1809. 

1171. Eleazer Whitney (Alexander, Eleazer, Eleazer, Thomas, John), b. Dec. 
5, 1777; m. Oct. 31, 1799, Alice Peabody, b. June L 1779; d. Oct. 9, 1867. He d. Feb. 
1, 1838; res. Henniker, N. H. 

2690. i. Asa, b. Nov. 26, 1800; m. Patty Rice and Mary L. Childs. 

2691. ii. Lois C, b. Apr. 4, 1803; m. Mar. 15, 1^32, Capt. Zebulon Foster, 

Jr., b. Sept. 6, 1797. She d. Aug. 24, 1852. He was captain of 
the Henniker Rifles and selectman eight vears; rep. two years. 
Ch.: Caroline F., b. Nov. 6, 1835; m. Nov. 6, 1861, W. O. Folsom. 
She d. 1866. 

2692. iii. Frederic, b. Oct. 5, 1806; m. Fidelia Woods and Mrs. Hannah 

B. Carter. 

2693. iv. Benj. Carroll, b. Dec. 23, 1808; drowned June 3, 1819. 

2694. V. Alexander, b. Apr. 11, 1812; drowned June 3, 1819. 

2695. vi. Alice B., b. June 2, 1816; d. Sept. 26, 1854. . 

1175. Alexander Whitney (Alexander, Eleazer, Eleazer, Thomas, John), b. 
Henniker, N. H., Dec. 5, 1789; m. there Nov. 24, 1814, Lydia Foster, b. Nov. 2, 1795; d. 
Apr. 27, 1875. Was a farmer: was a hard working, industrious, and honest citizen, 
and respected by all who knew him. He moved from Henniker to New London in 
1826. He d. Nov. 26, 1878; res. Henniker and New London, N. H. 

Aaron Foster, b. Mar. 26, 1815; d. Jan. \, 1830. 

Mary Story, b. Mar. 29, 1817; d. unm. Dec. 14, 1836. 

Oilman H., b. Nov. 30, 1819; m. Sarah Jane Durgan. 

Wm. S., b. Nov. 1, 1822; m. Mary B. Durgan. 

George A., b. Feb. 11, 1825; m. Sept. 1, 1852, Ann Eliza Jones. He 
d. s. p. June 14, 1854. Was a lumberman,and was killed by light- 
ning while peeling bark. 

Alonzo, b. Nov., 1827; unm.; res. N. L. 

E.meline L., b. June 16, 1830; unm.; res. Ridgewav, Iowa. 

Livonia M., b. Feb. 6, 1833; m. Dec. 4, 1862, Daniel S. Piper. 
Ch.: Girl, b. Mar. 9, 1870; d. Mar. 11, 1870; Myra Alice, b. Nov. 
15, 1873; res. Medford, Minn. 

2704. ix. Harriett N., b. Sept. 8, 1835; m. Oct. 13. 1867, at Sutton, N. H., 

Erwin G. Gate. Ch.: Alice Carrie, b. Jan. 22, 1878; res. Bos- 
cowen, N. H. 

2705. X. Charles S., b. Mar. 1, 1837; m. Laura A. Pearson. 

2706. xi. Jannett M., b. Mar. 10, 1840; d. Mar. 28, 1872, unm. 

1176. Stephen Whitney (Alexander, Eleazer, Eleazer, Thomas, John), b. lune 
10, 1792; m. Feb. 22, 1825, Sarah Bailey, b. Mar. 3, 1801; d. Dec, 1869. He was a 
farmer. He d. Oct. 26, 1864; res. Henniker, Claremont, and Newport, N. H. 


















2707. i. Edwin R., b. Nov. 19, 182.5; m. at H. Sept. 12, 1849, Prudence S. 

Connor. She was b. Apr. 18, 1830. Is a farmer; res. Ashland, 
N. H. 
2708 ii. EuGAR M., b. Nov. 19. 1825; d. Sept. 17, 1826. 
2709. iii. Sarah Jank, b. Dec. 25, 1827; m. Sept. 12, 1849, Barnabas C. 
Whipple of Croydon; res. Sutton, N. H. He is a farmer; was 
b. Jan. 1, 1823. Ch.: Edgar B., b. Nov. 12, 1850, Orange' Co.. Fla., 
res., Leona Haven; Warren L., b. Apr. 6. 1852, m.; res., Goshen, 
N. H.; Mason E.. b. Mar., 1854, d. June 4. 1858; Rubie J.,b. July 6, 
1860, m. William E. Drew, Merrimack, Mass.; Aaron M.,b. Oct. 
20, 1863; m. Cora Merrill, Roby's Corner, N. H.; Alice J., b. Apr. 
14, 1866, m. Stephen Pillsbury, Biddeford, Me. 

Stephen Page, b. Apr. 9, 1830; m. Mary J. Pollard. 

Geo. Fked'k, b. Aug. 12, 1832; m. Ann E. Durgan. 

Mary Elizabeth, b. Sept. 14, 1834; m. Hon. Edmund Burke of 

1199. Luther Whitney (Joshua, Eleazer, Eleazer, Thomas, John), b. July 25, 
1780; m. Jan. 13, 1803, Hannah Gordon; b. June 24, 1778; d. Dec. 13, 1804; m. 2d, 
Nabby Wood; b. May 9, 1777; d. Jan. 16, 1816; res. Henniker, Canaan and Wash- 
ington, N. H., and Saratoga, _N.Y, 








Hannah, b. 1804; d. Oct. 10, 1804. 

Hannah, b. Nov. 7, 1807. 
i. Livonia, b. June 13, 1809. 
V. Orpha, b. ; m. Wm. Wood of N. Y. 

2716>^.v. Martin, b. ; res. Mich. 

1202. John Whitney (Joshua, Eleazer, Eleazer, Thomas, John), b. Henniker, 
N. H., July 23,1787; m. Jan. 1, 1810, Lucy Chamberlain; b. Sept. 14, 1788; d. Apr. 7, 
1863. He was a blacksmith. He d. Aug. 27, 1844; res. Henniker. N. H.. and Sandis- 
field. Mass. 

2717. i. Emeline. b. Mar. 3, 1810; m. Sept. 24, 1833, William Chittenden, 

Jr. He was a farmer; b. Sept. 14, 1809; d. Feb. 5, 1845. res. in 
Sandwich, 111. Ch.: Georgianna Theresa, b. Feb. 17, 1837; 
Benjamin Comstock, at Sandwich, 111., Jan. 6, 1860; P. O. address. 
Sandwich, 111. 

2718. ii. Lucy, b. Mar. 26, 1811; m. Aug. 31, 1830, Todd. She d. in 

Winsted, Conn. Her dau. is Mrs. Mary Putnam, of Winsted. 

Livonia, b. Apr. 16, 1813; m. Apr. 10, 1837. She d. Jan. 10, 1845. 
John Harmon, b. July 26, 1815; m. Nov. 22, 18o9; res. Sandisfield. 

Lorenzo C, b. Apr. 5, 1818; m. Clestia A. Fosdick. 
Clarinda, b. June 12. 1821 ; m. Oct. 20, 1845, Ingham. She 

d. Feb. 9, 1867. 
Edward A., b. Sept. 1, 1823; m. Harriett E. Couch. 
Mary Ann, b. Nov. 11, 1826; m. Nov. 5. 1844, Henry S. Langdon; 

res. Algona, Iowa. He was b. Sept. 28, 1821; d. May 8, 1893; 

was a merchant. Ch.: Eugene Wellington, b. June 9, 1848; m. 

Aug. 6, 1882; Henrietta Josephine, b. Mar. 24, 1850; m. Nov. 7, 

1872, Augustus Pretsch; Ellen Clerinda, b. June 3, 1853; Emeline 

Ardelia, b. Aug. 13, 1855; m. Jan. 9, 1883, Daniel D. Townsend; 

Albert Henry, b. Nov. 20. 1859; d. Apr. 27. 1887. 

1203. Silas Whitney (Joshua, Eleazer, Eleazer, Thomas, John), b. Mar 30, 
1791; m. July 23, 1818, Sally Butler, b. Jan. 7. 1788. in Sudbury, Mass.; res.'Henniker 
and Canaan. N. H. 










Bela Butler, b. Oct. 21, 1819. 

Stephen M., b. Feb. 26, 1823; d. June 26, 1824. 

Moses S., b. Jan. 13, 1826. 

1210. Elnathan Whitney (Elnathan. Elnathata. Eleazer, Thomas, John), b. 
Goffstown, Apr. 4, 1791; m. Feb. 16, 1815, Lydia Stickney, b. Mar. 16, 1791; d. June 

He was born in Goffstown and always resided there on the farm purchased by 
his father. He followed agricultural pursuits until a few years before his death. He 
■d. June 30, 1862; res. Goffstown. N. H. 


2728. i. Mary, b. Apr. 13, 1820; m. Apr. 5, 1842, David M. Poore, b. Mar. 

2. 1820, d. 1860; m. 2d Samuel Teel; res. Goffstown Centre, N. H. 
Ch.: Darwin M., b. Mar. 7, 1843; m. Carrie F. Hadley; res. 85 
Blodget St., Manchester; Charles B., b. Feb. 19, 1845; m. Mary 
J. Gatley; Frank H., b. May 4. 1847; d. Jan. 16. 1866; David 
M., b. July 8, 1849; m. Viola B. Worthen; res. Goffstown Centre. 

2729. ii. Sylvester, b. Feb. 29, 1816; m. Anne M. Palmer. 

2730. iii. Elvira, b. Jan. 28, 1818; m. ; a dau. is Mrs. Ella McDonald, 

Fort Gratiot, Mich. 

2731. iv. Lydia M., b. June 27, 1824; m. Jan. 29, 1850, Joseph G. Young; res. 

Chemung, 111. He was b. Aug. 13, 1821. He is an engineer and 

machinist. Ch.: Eva J., b. Mar. 18, 1851; m. 1876, Reid; 

res. C; Herbert E., b. Oct., 1853; m. 1880; d. 1892; wid. res. 
Capron, 111.; M. Homer, b. 1858; d. 1864. 

2732. V. Sarah E., b. Sept. 3, 1826; m. Roberts; res. Goffstown Cen- 

tre, N. H. 

2733. vi. Lrcv E., b. Mar. 20, 1834; m. Apr. 12, 1855, Charles Spencer; res. 

Goffstown Centre, N. H. 

2734. vii. Elnathan, b. Apr. 16, 1822; m. Sylena F. Henry. 

1212. Gen. Moses Whitney (Jacob, Jonas, Eleazer, Thomas, John), b. Jan. 2, 
1775; m. Apr. 14, 1797, at Milton, Rebecca Dunbar; d. Feb. 4, 1824; m. 2d, at Andover, 
Mrs. Mary P, Kittredge. 

Gen. Moses Whitney was born in Spring street, West Roxbury, on the 20th of 
Jan., 1775. He was the youngest of six children of Jacob and Rachel (Whiting) 
Whitney, the dau. of Nathaniel, of the same place. In 1787 he went to Blue Hill, 
Milton, to learn the leather business. His second wife was the widow of Dr. Thomas 
Kittredge, of Gloucester; she outlived him several years, dying in Milton, 1865. He 
■commenced business in 1796, moved to Dorchester in 1797, and removed to Milton in 
1805. He purchased the " Rising Sun" estate in 1806, and the Nancy Paine estate in 
1809, extending from the Old Plymouth Road to the Neponset River. He enlarged 
the wharf, and built a tan house in 1810. In 1819 he built the Whitney house on 
Milton Hill, and purchased Swift's wharf at the same time in part, filling up the dock 
between the wharves. After this the lumber and wood business was carried on exten- 
sively by him for twenty years. He was in active business for sixty-three years, not 
including his apprenticeship. He was appointed postmaster in Milton, in 1805; 
resigned in 1816; captain of militia, 1816; colonel, 1821. He was afterward brigadier- 
general of first brigade, first division, Massachusetts Militia. He died in his house on 
Milton Hill, Dec. 24, 1859; res. Dorchester and Milton, Mass. 

Hannah, b. Dorchester, Nov. 19, 1797; d. s. p. in 1832. 

Moses, b. D., Oct. 7, 1802; m. Elizabeth G. Sanderson. 

Mary, b. D., Apr. 17, 1805; d. in 1890. 

Seth Dunbar, b. Milton, Sept. 13, 1807; m. Adeline Dutton Train. 

Warren Jacob, b. in 1811; m. and d. in 1S91. 

1218. Abraham Whitney (Abner, Jonas, Eleazer, Thomas, John), b. Roxbury, 
Mass., Apr. 25, 1779; m. Rebecca Hudson; b. 1777; d. Jan., 1862. He d. in 1853; res. 
Hartland and Hartford, \'t. 

Jackson, b. Sept. 7, 1806; m. Caroline Matilda Baker. 

HoLLis, b. ; m. and res. in Morrisville, Vt., and New York 

state. Had 2 ch. 
Benjamin Hudson, b. June 20, 1810; m. Rosella Baker. 
Leonard, b. — — — ; d. unm. 

Betsey, b. in 1801; m. Jan. 27, 1827, Almon Russ. She d. in Mor- 
risville, Vt. Ch.: Albert and Williani; res. Hyde Park, \'t. 

2745. vi. Hortensia, b. ; m. Charles M. Wetherell; res. 29 David- 

son St., Hyde Park, Mass. Ch.: Wm. Herman, Lizzie Webster, 
Henry Lathrop, Anna May. 

2746. vii. Fanny, b. ; m. John Noyce; has 4 ch. 

1220. Jacob Whitney (Abner, Jonas, Eleazer, Thomas, John),b. Springfield, 
Vt., May 2, 1784; m. Nov. 11, 1810, Lucy Adams; b. Sept. 19, 1792; d. May, 1873. He 
■was a farmer. He d. Apr. 30, 1824; res. New Salem, Mass. 

2747. v. John B., b. Sept. 19, 1820; m. Lucinda Bardwell and Katherine A. 


















2748. iii. Jonas, b. Apr. 4. 1816; d. Oct. 6, 1816. 

2749 li. LouizA, b. Oct. 9, 1813; m. Dec. 11, 1832; Sylvester W. Bangs; res. 

Ware, Mass.; b. Sept. 14, 1811; d. July 25, 1884. Ch.: Martha 

Elizabeth, b. Feb. 15, 1834, in Ware; m. George Goodwin Hall, 

Sept. 3, 1856; Dwight Whitney, b. Mar. 3, 1840; d. Sept. 9, 1842; 

Jane Louisa, b. June 14, 1846; m. Chas. H. Ellis, Sept. 3, 1867; d. 

July 1, 1877; Lucia G., b. Aug. 3, 1855, in Ware; m. Geo. Bliss 

Cutler, Dec. 11, 1882. 
2750. I. Leonard, b. Sept. 12, 1811; m. Abby E. Day. 

2751 iv. Jonas, b. Dec. 11, 1817; m. Mary L. Hunter and res. in Deerfield, 


2752. vi. Lydia Ann, b. Dec. 12, 1822; m. Apr. 17, 1843, Rufus S. Mixter. 

They had one son, Frank, who died young. 

1221. Abner Whitney (Abner, Jonas, Eleazer, Thomas, John), b. Roxbury, 
Mass., July 19, 1780; m. Polly White. He was a farmer. He d. Dec. 27, 1866; res. 
Orange, Mass. 

2753. V. Harrison H., b. Oct. 31, 1819; m. Onda Kendall. 

2754. i. Mary, b. ; m. A. Thayer. 

2755. ii. Arathusa, b. ; m. Samuel Adams; son James W. res. 

Orange, Mass. 

2756. iii. Sarah, b. ; m. Amos Adams; son Geo. F. res. Montague 

City, Mass. 

2757. iv. Alexander, b. ; m. Mehitable Davis. 

2758. vi. Emily, b. ; m. Thomas Tenney; res. . 

2759. vii. Harriett, b. . 2760. viii. Charles, b. . 

1224. Jonah Whitney (Isaiah, Isaiah, Isaiah, Thomas, lohn), b. Harvard, June 
19, 1758; m. Sept. 25, 1783; there Lois Hill; d. Jan. 10, 1794. An old Bible in pos- 
session of a daughter of Amos S. Whitney, at Minneapolis refers to her as Miss 
Lidia Whitney; m. 2d in Henniker, N. H., 1804, Jane Stone, b. 1783; d. 1864. 

Jonah Whitney was born in Harvard, Mass., in 1758. He served in the Revolu- 
tionary war from Harvard, in 1780, in Capt. Williams' company, and his age was then 
given as 21. After the death of his first wife, in 1805, he moved to Henniker, N. H. 
It is reported that his father paid for the land which he took up with a half barrel of 
silver dollars. He served in the war of 1812, and died from the effects of a fever 
sore contracted while sleeping on the ground and camping out. He d. in Harvard in 
1834; res. Harvard, Mass., and Henniker, N. H. 

2761. i. Lois Hill, b. Julv 25, 1786; m. Nov. 14, 1806, James Turner; she 

d. Apr. 25, 1818. 

2762. ii. Amos Stone, b. Apr. 27, 1807; m. Mrs. Emeline Jakway, Holden. 

2763. iii. Cyrus J., b. Apr. 26, 1812; m. Mary J. Morrison. 

1226. Dr. Isaiah Whitney (Isaiah, Isaiah, Isaiah, Thomas, John), b. Stow, 
Mass., Dec. 13, 1765; m. there Apr. 20, 1788, Dorcas Whitman, dau. of Dr. Charles, 
of Stow; b. Apr. 7, 1767; d. July 11, 1844. 

Dr. Isaiah Whitney studied medicine with Dr. Charles Whitman, of Stow, who 
was surgeon in the Revolutionary war, and subsequently was married to his daugh- 
ter. They moved to Rindge, N. H., in 1790, where he ever after resided. He was 
much respected as a citizen, and as a skillful and conscientious physician. He was 
appointed postmaster, Apr. 15, 1830, and died while holding the office. Isaiah Whit- 
ney and his brother Jonah, a blacksmith, lived on the old farm. Jonah sold out, left 
shop, and set up in the center of the town, two miles away, and finally deeded one 
half of the farm to his son Cyrus, who made certain payments to Amos and Isaiah, 
and agreed to support his father the remainder of his life, when he was to have the 
other half of the farm of 110 acres. Mrs. Whitney was drowned near Burlington, 
Vt., by the upsetting of a stage coach in which she was journeying. She fell into the 
river near the highway. He d. Nov. 30, 1839; res. Rindge, N. H. 

2764. vi. Isaiah, b. Jan. 25, 1799; m. Henrietta A. Nickerson, Sarah L. 

Small, and Mrs. Hannah E. Crosby. 

2765. i. Clarissa, b. in 1788; m. June 27, 1812, Lemuel Page, Jr., b. Jan. 

20, 1780, d. Mav 8, 1825. He was captain in the war of 1812, and 
colonel in the State militia; m. 2d Joseph Jones, of Troy, N. H.; 
she d. Feb. 16, 1844. Ch.: Sarah J., b. Nov. 28, 1815; m. John 
Dunckler, of Phila., Pa.; Harriett J., b. 1817; m. Leonard 
















Johnonnett, of Burlington; Lemuel W., b. Apr. 30, 1821; m. 

Susan Sanders and Carrie E. Hemmenway; res. Burl. 
LovELL, b. June 20, 1790; m. Rebecca Witt. 
Charles W., b. Nov. 16, 1791; m. Mary Griffin. 
Henry, b. Oct. 26. 1794; m. Mary Goldin. 
Felicia, b. May 26, 1796; m. Samuel Nichols, of Burlington. Ch.: 

Chas. and Samuel; res. N. J. She d. 1869. 
Stephen, b. Dec. 19, 1800; m. Lovilla Goldin. 
Anna, b. Oct. 17, 1805; d. Feb. 10, 1838. 
SoPHRONiA, b. Aug. 18, 1803; m. Sept. 28, 1844, Joseph Jones. She 

d. Jan. 10, 1872, s. p. He m. her sister. 
2772>^.x. Dorcas, b. June 25, 1799; m. Dec. 6, 1822, Henry Hubbard; his 

second wife. He d. s. p. in Shrewsbury, Mass. 

1227. Dr. Amos Whitney (Isaiah, Isaiah, Isaiah, Moses, John), b. Harvard, 
Mass., 1768; m. June 9, 1793, Rhoda Cutter; b. Aug. 20, 1770; dau. of Nathan. She 
m. 2d Jasper Temple. She was of Rindge, N. H. They moved to Henniker in 
1795, and resided in the southeast part. ^He was a skillful physician and much 
respected. He d. Feb. 23, 1802; res. Henniker, N. H. 

2773. i. Horace, b. Sept. 18, 1793; was soldier in war 1812; d. Concord. 

2774. ii. SoPHRONiA, b. Jan. 10, 1795; m. Apr. 18, 1813, Hon. Jacob Gibson; 

b. Oct. 24, 1784. He d. Greenbush. Wis., Dec, 1869. Ch.: Dr. 
A. C, b. 1823; res. Greenbush; Randolph, b. 1819; d. Manches- 
ter; John S., b. 1830; res. Mo.; Saphalia, m. R. P. Eaton; res. 
Green Bav, Wis.; Sophronia, m. Randall Hoyt. 

2775. iii. Dolly, b. June 14, 1796; m. Mr. Moore, of Hillsboro. 

2776. iv. Calista, b. Feb. 3, 1798; m. Wm. K. Howe; b. Sept. 30,1791. 

Was selectman several years in Henniker. His wife d. May 19, 
1828. He was m. three times. 2 ch., Roxana C. (adopted), b. 
June 19, 1820. 

2777. v. Cynthia, b. Jan. 19, 1800; d. Apr. 7, 1816. 

1228. Cyrvs Whitney (Isaiah, Isaiah, Isaiah, Thomas, John), b. Stow, Aug. 17, 
1771; m. June 19, 1796, Aseneth Harris, d. 1801; m. 2d, Mar. 22, 1802, Mary (Polly) 
Whitney, dau. of Dea. Isaac and Lucy, b. Dec. 13, 1779; d. Nov. 19, 1857. 

Cyrus Whitney was a good farmer and business man. Started a cotton factory 
in his native town, which was not very successful, was interested in a gold mine in 
H. (A hole said to be 100 feet deep is shown in side hill now) helped build Union 
Turnpike from Concord through his farm to Harvard and Lancaster, which joined 
road to Fitchburg. Built a substantial square brick mansion soon after his last 
marriage where his wife presided with dignity, ability and grace over many a social 
gathering. She had the first piano in town, the first carriage, left in her attic a 
loom for weaving homespun cloth and carpets, as well as flax wheels, wool spinning 
wheels and other evidences of her industry, skill and thrift. A well worn copy of the 
Scriptures and another of Baxter's Saint's Rest witness her piety, and well do her 
grandchildren remember her excellent cooking, her cheery tones, her loving care. 
Cyrus, like many another Whitney was ingenious, making use of the blacksmith shop 
left by his Uncle Jonas, and a bench for wood work, for repairs of farming utensils. 
He had a cider mill where at first the native fruit was ground up, and later the less 
marketable portion of the grafted crop. His cellars had the best of bottled cider of 
all ages; his barns were crowded with hay for his large herd of cattle, his lands 
were surrounded by heavy walls, his field near his house ornamented with an arti- 
ficial pond which was well stocked with fish and lilies, surrounded by his orchards of 
peaches, pears, as well as apples. She made her will Feb. 14, 1856; it was probated 
Jan. 5, 1858. Sons Edwin, Isaiah and Isaac were executors. He d. Aug. 24, 1847; res. 
Stow and Harvard, Mass. 


Edwin, b. Oct. 2, 1812; m. Lushea Mead Whitney. 

i. Clarinda, b. Oct. 24, 1795; d. infancy. 

ii. Clarinda, b. Oct. 24, 1797; m. Sept. 20, 1817, Nathan Woodbury, 
of Bolton, Mass., where he was b. Aug. 13, 1794; d. Rindge, N. H. 
Nov. 10, 1877; res. Rindge, where she d. June 21, 1889. Ch.: 
Asenath H., b. Apr. 17, 1819; m. Albert Mann; res. Winchendon, 
Mass; she d. Apr., 1891; had 7 ch.; Mary Ann, b. Jan. 16, 1821; 
m. Samuel Page; res. Winchendon; she d. June 14, 1889; Nathan 
G. b. Apr. 16, 1823; m. Angelia Bryant; res. Keene, N. H.; Har- 


rison, b. Mar. 19, 1826; d. Oct. 10, 1830; Lauretta W., b. May 20, 
1828; m. Nelson Parks; res. Winchendon; Lucinda B., b. Feb. 4, 
1832; m. Henry I. Newman; res. Rindge, N. H.; Clarinda A., b. 
Mar. 23, 1834; m. Daniel H. Sargent; res. Rindge; Maria A., b. 
May 20, 1837; m.Geo. F. Wallace; res. Winchendon; Andrew C, 
b. Dec. 25, 1840; unm.; res. Old Point Comfort, Va. 

2781. iv. AsENATH, b. Mar. 18, 1800; d. Nov. 4, 1810. 

2782. V. Joseph Addison, b. Oct. 23, 180i:;m. Hannah Fletcher. 

2783. vi. Benj. F., b. Mar. 21, 1804; m. Louisa Lawrence. 

2784. vii. James Fordyce, b. Apr. 14, 1806; m. Mary G. Whitney. 

2785. viii. Richard Harris, b. Nov. 2, 1808; m. Nancy F. Whitney and 

Dorcas Fisk. 

2786. ix. Lauretta, b. Oct. 25, 1810; d. young. 

2787. X. Isaiah, b. Sept. 22, 1815; m, Mary A. Gove. 

2788. xi. Isaac, b. July 24, 1818; m. Dorcas Whitney Hoar. 

2789. xii, Mary, b. Feb., 1824; m. Nov. 20, 1846, Wm. Stearns Locke, b. Nov. 

21, 1813; res. Lancaster, Mass. Ch.: Lauretta Irene Locke Had- 
ley, b. Jan. 17, 1848; m. June 15, 1878; res. Sudbury, Mass.; Frances 
. Ann Locke Ordway, b. Feb. 14, 1850; m. Oct. 14, 1873; res. Hud- 
son, Mass.; Edward Cutter, b. Mar., 1852; d. Mar. or Apr., 1854; 
Warren Shattuck, b. June 10, 1854; m. Oct. 8, 1885; res. Lancas- 
ter, Mass.; Edwin Whitney, b. Aug. 10, 1857; m. Mar. 29, 1892; 
res. Lancaster, Mass. 

1230. Israel Whitney (Israel, Elijah, Isaiah, Thomas, John), b. Harvard, 
Mass., Apr. 13, 1775; m. at Boston, Phoebe Jennison; b. Boston, June 22, 1781; d. Dec. 
4, 1868, in Boston. 

He was born in Harvard on the old homestead, where he resided until he was 20 
years of age. He bought his time of his father for ^20 and started for Boston to 
seek his fortune. He engaged in the shoe business and was quite prosperous. His 
store was on Court street. l3uring the war of 1812 he enlisted ana was soon com- 
missioned an officer in his regiment. He took an active part in this war much to the 
detriment of his business and great pecuniary loss. The result was a general break- 
down, from which Mr. Whitney never recovered from this misfortune. He had a 
sterling and able wife, who at the helm, managed admirably, and with the assistance 
of the sons came out all right. He d. June 17, 1843; res. Roxbury, Mass. 

2790. i. William, b. Nov. 15, 1803; m. 1827, Adeline Richardson. He d. 
Sepi.26, 1S35, leaving one ?-on, William, who d. in the west, ae. 45. 

Eliza, b. Apr. 9, 1805; d. unm. June 20, 1890. 

Henry, b. Sept. 30, 1807; d. Sept., 1808. 

CHARLES.b. Mar. 10, 1809; m. at Worcester, Jan. 24, 1840, Elizabeth 
P. Day; b. Nov. 24, 1816; d. Sept. 5, 1891, s. p. When eleven 
years of age he worked in a shoe store, but soon left for Maiden, 
Mass., where he remained for seven years. Wishing to acquire 
a more complete education he attended an academy at Stow for 
three years. At his graduation he engaged in teaching, and 
later in surveying. He followed civil engineering and survey- 
ing until 1891. He had purchased a fruit farm in New Jersey, 
upon which he resided for twenty years. This he disposed of 
and has since resided in Roxbury. 

Charlotte, b. Mar. 10, 1809; m, Francis McKenna. He d. 1847. 
Ch.: Andrew, Alfred, and John. She d. Dec. 4, 1879. 

Harriett, b. Feb. 3, 1811; unm.; res. 12 Thornly St., Dor- 
chester, Mass. 

Martha A., b. Dec. 2, 1813; m. Warren O., Rogers. She d. 
Dec. 18, 187 6, s. p. 

Henry A., b. Jan. 15, 1815; m. Hannah Stickles. 

Alfred, b. Feb. 11, 1817; d. June 7, 1834. 

Caroline, b. Sept. 30, 1820; d. 1822. 

















1236. Oliver Whitney (Israel, Elijah, Isaiah, Thomas, John), b. Harvard, 
Mass., May 16, 1786; m. there Mar. 16, 1809, Mercy Whitcomb, b. Aug. 24, 1791; d, 

Sept. 5, 1865. 

Oliver Whitney, the youngest child of Israel and 
Hannah Mead Whitney, was born May 16, 17S6, at 
Harvard, Mass. When a little over two years of age 
his mother died, and he went to live with his oldest 
sister, Hannah, who had married Phineas Sawyer, and 
was then living in Marlboro, Mass. Soon after the 
second marriage of his father (to the " Widow Puffer ") 
he returned to live on the home place, and, as he grew 
to manhood, he followed his father's occupation of 
farming. The farm products were then carried to Bos- 
ton several times a year, and these journeys were 
about his only travels. When he married Mercy Whit- 
comb, Mar. 16, 1809, he took her to live on the old 
place, and there five children, Susan, Hannah, Mercy, 
Waldo, and Charlotte, were born. On May 10, 1821, 
_,„._„,..„„.,_,. thev moved to Lunenburg, Mass., where their young- 

est child, Israel, was born, and where they spent their 
remaining years. When young, Oliver attended the Congregational Church in 
Harvard, but in middle life he "joined " the Methodists, and at his house the itiner- 
ant preachers always found a warm welcome. In politics he was an Anti-Federalist,, 
and later became a Democrat. He looked after the farm interests until two years 
before his death, when he allowed the management of affairs to pass into the hands 
of his youngest child, Israel. After gradually failing he passed away June 5, 1855. 
He made his will Apr. 18, 1845; it was probated July 3, 1855. He d. June 5, 1855; 
res. Harvard and Lunenburg, Mass. 

2800. i. Susan, b. Jan. 23, 1811; m. Nov. 27, 1832, Henrv S. Whitney. 

2801. ii. Hannah Mead, b. Jan. 22, 1813; m. Feb. 14, 1832, in Lunenburg, 

Albert Stratton, b. Apr. 14, 1807; d. Jan. 1, 1881. She d. Feb. 11, 
1880; res. Leominster. Ch.: .Martin W., b. Nov. 14, 1833; m. Mary 
J. Litchfield and Martha A. L. Gale; res. Reading, Kan.; Capt. 
Joel A., b. Mar. 9, 1837; served in war, was capt. Co. C, 58d 
Regt. Mass. Vols.; was wounded at Port Hudson June 14, 1863; 
■ m. Hannah W. Comey; res. Reading; Albert 0.,b. Apr. 19, 1839; 
was in the war 3 years in 37th Regt. Mass. Vols.; was in nine- 
teen battles and skirmishes; clothing hit five times with bullets; 
m. Mar. 7, 1866, to Jennie Spencer Stone; now lives in Meriden 
(Allen Ave.), Conn.; ch.. Charlotte A. S., b. Oct. 13, 1841; lives 
in Leominster, Mass., Adaliza Hannah Stratton, b. Sept. 22,1851, 
in Leominster, Mass.; m. to Warren J. Lewis July 1, 1869; thev 
now live in Leominster, Mass.; Rev. Porter Raymond, b. July 
13, 1855, in Leominster, Mass.; is now pastor of M. E. Church, 
at Oakdale, Mass.; he m. Annie Jewett, in 1880, at Leominster, 

2802. iii. Mercy, b. Jan. 10, 1815; d. Aug. 10, 1881. 

2803. iv. Waldo, b. Apr. 16, 1817; m. Sept. 8, 1842, in Lincoln, Mass., 

Hannah Matylda Benjamin; she d. s. p. Dec. 1887, in Leo- 

2804. V. Israel, b. July 4,1823; m. Jan. 20, 1848, Mary A. Benjamin; she 

d. s. p. Dec. 31, 1892; res. Leominster, Alass. 

2805. vi. Charlotte Barnes, b. Jan. 4, 1820; m. Jan. 20, 1842, Hiram 

Walker; res. Leominster, Mass. He was b. in Rindge, N. H., 
Dec. 20, 18-. Ch.: Henry S.,b. Aug. 21, 1843; m. Dec. 13, 1871; 
d. Sept. 15, 1878; Randall F., b. Dec. 5, 1845; m. June 22, 1870; 
Leominster, Mass.; Arthur H., b. Feb. 21, 1848; m. Jan. 12, 
1871; d. Nov. 30, 1881; Hiram L., b. Sept. 28, 1850; m. Dec. 24, 
1879, Whitefield, N. H.; Alfred L., b. Oct. 28, 1852; m. Oct. 
28, 1880; address Leominster, Mass.; Helen C. b. Feb. 7, 1855; 
m. Dec. 11, 1878; address Helen C. Duncan, Hancock, N. H.; 
Frank W., b. Mar. 25, 1857; m. Sept. 22, 1881; address Babylon, 
N. Y.; Fred I., b. Mar. 7, 1860; m. Oct. 15, 1885; address Leo- 
minster, Mass. 


1237 Luther Whitney (Israel, Elijah, Isaiah, Thomas, John), b. Harvard, 
Mass., Feb. 5, 1790; m. there Jan. 3, 1814, Melinda Wetherbee.b. 1797; d. May 4, 1847. 

He was born in Harvard on the farm which his grandfather had purchased 
before the town was incorporated. He always resided there, and at his death the 

Kroperty passed into possession of his son Luke. He d. Mar. 12, 1871; res. Harvard, 

2806. i. Luke, b. Sept. 9, 1815; m. Charlotte M. Turner, Abigail Knight 

and Lydia H. Hartwell. 

2807. ii. William, b. ; m. Jane . 

2808. iii. Jonathan W., b. Nov., 1819; m. Mercy R. . 

2809. iv. Clarissa, b. ; d. . 

1240 John Whitney (John, Abraham, Isaiah, Thomas, John), b. Topsfield, Mass., 
Apr. 13, 1780; m. in Topsfield, Mass., in 1809, Mary Mundy, b. Nov. 30, 1790; d. July 25, 
1878, in Goffstown. 

He was born in Bolton and married his wife in Salem, Mass. Soon after his 
marriage he moved to New Hampshire, settling in Weare and engaging in the manu- 
facture of oil at a small village, which took its name from the oil mill and is at 
present known as Oil Mill Village. After a few years he sold his mill and purchased 
a farm at Goffstown and passed the remainder of his days on his farm. He d. June 
26, 1865; res. Goffstown, N. H 

2810. i. Artemas, b. Aug. 30, 1809, d. Jan. 30, 1810. 

2811. ii. Millie, b. Jan. 24, 1810; m. Dec. 29, 1829, Silas Barnes, b. May 3, 

1800, d. May 16, 1874. He was a clothier and farmer. She d, 
July 11, 1874; res. Goffstown, N. H. Ch.: Mary Alice, b. June 
4, 1831, d. Dec. 31, 1845; Albert W., b. Jan. 9, 1833; m. Dec. 26, 
1873; no ch.; res. Henniker, N, H.; Elizabeth R., b. Sept. 18, 
1834; m. Mar., 1879; d. July 27, 1890; Geo. A., b. Sept. 29, 1836, 
d. Apr., 1881; Caroline M., b. Apr. 21, 1838, d. Mar., 1853. 

2812. iii. Albert, b. July 21, 1811; m. Elizabeth Rice and Susan R. Rice. 

2813. iv. Artemas, b. Feb. 27, 1814; m. Mar. 26, 1844, Louisa Philips; m. 

2d, Jennie Barnes. He d. s. p. Aug. 1879. 

2814. V. John, b. Nov. 3, 1818, d. Feb. 20, 1823. 

2815. vi. John, b. Apr. 5, 1824; m. Eliza H. Fisher. 

2816. vii. Mary Jane, b. Oct. 21, 1821; m. Nov. 2, 1848, Samuel J. Tenney. 

She d. s. p. Oct. 21, 1856. He was b. 1820. He m. for 2d wife 
Rhoda F. Worthley, b. 1838, d. 1871; m. 3d Clara Scribner; res. 
Goffstown, N. H.; one child bv second wife. 

2817. viii. Alice, b. Oct. 26, 1829; d. Aug. 24, 1830. 

2818. ix. Harriett, b. Oct. 6, 1831; m. Feb. 9, 1857, Franklin E.Johnson. 

She d. Aug. 22, 1871. Ch.: Clarence A., b. Jan. 7, 1858; m. 
Aug. 15, 1882; res. Denver, Colo.; W. M., b. Oct. .31, 1860; dead; 
Bess L., b. Nov. 12, 1862; m. Nov. 22, 1887, Charles Fohn; res. 
Winchester, Mass.; Mabel W., b. May 12, 1864; res. Nahant, 

1250. Abraham Whitney (Abraham, Abraham, Isaiah, Thomas, John), b. 
Harvard, Mass., Nov. 29, 1779; m. Apr. 3, 1802, Alice Houghton; res. Harvard, 

2819. i. Mercy, b. July 16, 2821. iii. Almira, b. Oct. 24, 

1802. 1805; d. Jan. 10, 1811. 

2820. ii. ABEL.b. Feb.20, 1804. 2822. iv. Maria, b. Nov. 15, 


1251. Josiah Whitney (Abraham, Abraham, Isaiah, Thomas, John), b. Harvard, 
Mass., Aug. 18, 1781; m. Feb. 6, 1803, Sally Puffer. He d. about 1805; res. Harvard, 

2823. i. Luke, b. Apr. 22, 1803. 2824. ii. Jefferson, b. Nov. 

29, 1804. 

1252. John Whitney (Abraham, Abraham, Isaiah, Thomas, John), b. in Har- 
vard, July 31, 1783; m. Nov. 23, 1804, Sally Stowe; res. Harvard, Mass. 

2825. i. Lucy Stowe, b. July 12, 1805; m. Ethan Wetherbee, and had 

two ch. 

2826. ii. Sullivan, b. Dec. 22, 1808; d. young. 

2827. iii. John, b. Mar. 16, 1813; m, Mary Nourse. 


1254. Simeon Howard Whitney (Abraham, Abraham, Isaiah, Thomas, John), 
b. Harvard, Mar. 2t), 1787; m. in Lancaster, Aug. 9, 1811, Nancy Barnard; b. May 22, 
1786; d. Jan. 9, 1856, in Fitchburg. He was born on the old Whitney place, followed 
farming and his trade, that of a stone mason. He resided in Harvard and Lancas- 
ter, but died in Leominster. He d. Apr. 29, 1859; res. Bolton and Lancaster, Mass. 

2828. i, Jerome Blake, b. Apr. 3, 1812; m. Jan. 19, 1837; res. Boxboro, 


2829. ii. JosiAH Dudley, b. Sept. 7, 1816; m. Catherine A. Harvey. 

2830. iii. Elhaxan Winchester, b. Oct. 21, 1819; m. Sarah A. Bogert. 

2831. iv. Ann Barnard, b. July 10, 1824; m. May 15, 1843, Henry Gates, 

Leominster, Mass. She d. July 7, 1859. A dau., Anna A., res. 
Leominster, Mass. 

2832. V. Abigail Boylston Moore, b. Oct. 24, 1826; m. Nov. 24, 1847, 

George W. De Witt; res. 886 Main street, Waltham. Ch.: Nanna 
Aroline, b. Sept. 8, 1848; Abby Anna,b. Nov. 15, 1849; d. Jan. 15, 
1890; Clara Whitney, b. Dec. 21, 1851; res. 9 Silver street, Wor- 
cester, Mass.; Leroy Elvine, b. Apr. 8, 1854; res. Leominster; 
Herbert Barnard, b. Oct. 14, 1856; res. Leominster; George 
Washington, b. Nov. 9, 1859; d. Aug. 18, 1879. 

2833. vi. LvDiA Parker, b. Dec. 29, 1828; m. Oct. 30, 1851, John B. Hoar; 

res. W. Acton, Mass. He was b. 1829; d. Oct. 13, 1872. Ch.: 
Katie Louisa, b. Aug. 20, 1852; d. Oct. 20, 1872; Arthur Cephas, 
b. Sept. 21, 1854; m. Ella A. Ewings. Name changed to Whit- 
ney; 166 Devonshire street, r. 42, Boston, Mass.; Ellen Gertrude, 
b. Aug. 14, 1856; m. Edwin M. Wheeler. He d. May 31, 1882; 
res. West Acton; John Sherman, b. Mar. 4, 1860; m. Miimie R. 
Hart; res. West Acton; Crosby Abner, b. Oct. 17,1862; name 
changed to Whitney; res. Newport, R. I.; Edwin Barker, b. 
Nov. 18, 1865; m. Emma Reitz; name changed to Whitney; res. 
2109 A, Washington street, St. Louis, Mo.; Alice Josephine, b. 
Nov. 7, 1871; res. W. Acton. 

1267. Samuel Whitney (Elijah, Abraham, Isaiah, Thomas, John) b. Bolton, 
Mass., Sept. 10, 1778; m. in Acton, Oct., 1807, Lucy Handley; b. Oct. 14, 1788; d. Nov. 
15, 1874. He was a cooper by trade, but followed farming most of his life. He d. 
July 29, 1868; res. Bolton, Mass. 

2834. i. Samuel Ivory, b. Mar. 13, 1809; m. Eliza Cannon. 

2835. ii. Franklin, b. Sept. 19, 1811 ; d. New Bedford, July 22, 1866. 

2836. iii. Amasa, b. Jan. 13, 1813; m. Susan Cannon. 

2837. IV. Sidney S., b. Feb. 25, 1815; m. Marv C. Getchell. 

2838. V. Urania, b. Jan. 6, 1817; m. Geo. Cannon. She d. Nov. 6, 1891. He 

was b. Apr. 17, 1817; d. Jan. 3, 1878. Ch.: Susan A., b. in N. B., 
July 20, 1842; d. July 28, 1883; Albert, b. in N. B., Oct. 10, 1844; 
m. Oct. 30, 1879; res. New Bedford, Mass.; Caroline L., b. N. B., 
Mav 17, 1847;d. Apr. 6, 1866; George S., b. in N. B., Nov. 1,1851; 
d. Jan. 13, 1860. 

Daniel, b. Apr., 1810; d. In 1813. 

Almira, b. Sept. 21, 1822; m. Isaiah H. Potter. 

Lucy, b. June 10, 1824. 

Alonzo, b. Nov. 29, 1826; m. Sarah H. Cooledge. 

1278. Capt. Jonas Whitney (Jonathan, Zaccheus, Jonathan, Jonathan, John), b. 
Lancaster, Mass., Aug. 27, 1772; m. there June 2, 1803, Mary Hawkes. He d. Jan. 14, 
1846; res. Lancaster, Mass. 

2843. i. Mary, b. Mar. 7, 1804. 

1279. Zaccheus Whitney (Jonathan, Zaccheus, Jonathan, Jonathan, John), b. 

Lancaster, Mass., Mar. 11, 1774; m. there Fanny . He d. 1845; res. Boston 

and Cambridge, Mass. 










William S., b. 1822; d. Oct. 4, 1823. 
i. Edmund T., b. 

iii. Sarah F., b. ; m. Joseph P. Hewlett. 

1285. Amos Whitney (Levi, Daniel, Jonathan, Jonathan, John), b. Feb. 11,1766; 
m. in Concord, Apr. 16, 1789, Anna Brown. He was in the coopering business at 
Chelmsford, now Middlesex village, where he lived, and where he acquired a large 
property in that trade. He d. Oct. 2, 1854; res. Chelmsford, Mass. 



2847. i. Amos, b. 1790; d. unm. Oct. 19, 1873. Amos Whitney was never 

married. He was a man of exemplary character, without being^ 
particularly enterprising. In 1864 his father died and left him a 
large amount of wealth, though his means were ample without 
this inheritance. He left a will at his decease, giving $20,000 to- 
relatives, $2,500 to the "Old Ladies' Home" at Lowell, and 
made Tuft's college the residuary legatee. His estate was 
valued at over $50,000. 

2848. ii. Sewell, b. ; d. . 

1286. Asa Whitney (Levi, Daniel, Jonathan, Jonathan, John), b. in 1767; m, 
Feb. 25, 1790; Mary Wallis, d. Feb. 11, 1846. Asa Whitney was a hard working, hon- 
est and upright man. All his children were born on Nissequassick Hill, in Town- 
send. He d. Dec. 27, 1851; res. Townsend, Mass. 

2849 i. Polly, b. May 29, 1790; m. Sept. 12, 1811; James French, of Hen- 

niker, N. H., b. Feb. 28, 1789; d. Mar. 30, 1862. She d. Mar. 17, 
1861. He was a farmer and superior manufacturer of bas- 
kets which business he followed many years. Ch.: Mary, b. 
Aug. 28, 1813; m. Hiram Bell; Jas. M., b. Jan. 29, 1818; m. Mary 
C. Barker. 

2850. ii. Asa, b. Dec. 1, 1791; m. Clarinda Williams. 

2851. iii. Samuel, b. Feb. 27, 1794; m. Polly Wallace and Kezia Gage. 

2852. iv. SEWELL,b. Mar. 18,1796; d. Oct. 26, 1818. He d. unm., and was the 

only one of the family who worked on wood, the others being 
disciples of Tubal Cain. He made bowls, bottles and trays. 
His gallon bottles were made of poplar, one piece of wood 
turned inside and outside while the wood was green. Seasoned 
heads of the same wood were then put in and when dried were 

2853. V. Rebecca, b. May 3, 1800; m, George Hartwell and d. Sept. 28, 1829. 

2854. vi. Levi, b. Mar. 19, 1802; m. ; res. Maryfield, O. 

2855. vii. Joel, b. June 8, 1807; m. Esther M. Treadwell. 

1288. Aaron Whitney (Levi, Daniel, Jonathan, Jonathan, John), b. Townsend,. 
Mass., 1772; m. Mar. 16, 1797, Phebe Dunklee, b. Dec. 20, 1778; d. Jan. 31, 1800; m. 
2d Olive Lund, b. Aug. 1779; d. Jan., 1867. 

He was a blacksmith by trade, and in 1812 was the postmaster at Amherst. His 
shop was burned in 1815, and in 1819 he moved to Calias. He was a prominent citi- 
zen in Amherst for some time. He d. Feb. 16, 1845; res. Nashua, N. H., and Am- 
herst, Mass., and Calais, Me. 

2856. i. Levi, b. July 7, 1798; m. Jane Whitney. 

2857. ii. Luke, b. Jan. 2, 1800; m. Cynthia Smith King and Mary Thankful 


2858. iii. Mark, b. Jan. 2, 1800; d. Feb. 22, 1807, in Amherst, N. H. 

2859. iv. Aaron, b. Dec. 15, 1801; m. Rebecca Perkins. 

2860. V. James, b. July 8, 1808; m. Julia A. Dorr. 

2861. vi. Olive, b. May 15, 1805; res. Westbrook, Me. 

1307. John Whitney (James, James, John, Jonathan, John), b. Mar. 10, 1742;. 
m. Hannah Holbrook, b. June 3, 1741; d. in Sherborn. He was a farmer. He d. Feb. 
17, 1825; res. Sherborn and Wrentham, Mass. 
James, b. in 1770; d. in 1770. 
John, b. in 1770; d. in 1770. 
John, b. in 1772; m. Clarissa Slack. 
Nathaniel, b. in 1774; m. Deborah Fames. 

Hannah, b. in 1776; m. Henry Pratt, of Sherborn. She d. in 
Sherborn in 1842. Ch.: Jacob, b. 1806; m. Mary A. Hooker and 
Phebe Whitney; William, b. 1808; d.l808; Eleanor, b. 1810; d. 
1810; William, b. 1813; d. 1831; John W., b. 1819; m. Elizabeth 
Moore, of Natick. 

2867. vi. Patty, b. in 1778; d. in 1778. 

2868. vii. James, b. in 1779; m. Lois Blodgett. 

2869. viii. Ezra, b. in 1781; m. Sally F. Slack and Mary W. Allen. 

1316. James Whitney (Benjamin, James, John, Jonathan, John), b. Oct. 1755; 
m. Susannah Hill, b. in 1761; d. Sept. 25, 1841. He was in Capt. Brooks' comoany 











from Sherborn, in the Revolutionary war. He d. in Dover, Mass., in June, 1800; res. 
Sherborn, Mass. 

2870. i. Isaac, b. in 1782; m. Mary Moore and Sarah Thayer. 

2871. ii. Benjamin, b. in T., 1785; m. Hepsibeth Moore. 

2872. iii. Martin, b. June 17, 1787; m. Nancy Orne, Moriah, N. Y. 
2873 iv. Sylvia, b. Dec. 2, 1795; d. young; res. Attleboro. 

2874. V. Patty, b. Mar. 5, 1792; d. young. 

2875. vi. Susan, b. in 1790; d. young. 

1317. Joseph Whitney (Benjamin, James, John, Jonathan, John), b. Sherborn, 
1762; m. Sally Parks. He d. in 1846; res. Gardner, Mass. 

2876. 1. Henry, b. in 1793; m. Mary Ann Bassett. 

2877. ii. Sally, b. in 1795; m. Luther Alden. 

2878. iii. Esther, b. in 1797; m. Jonas Brick, b. Oct. 10, 1796. Ch.: Mary 

Ann and Esther. 

2879. iv. Joseph P., b. in 1798; m. Roena Bickford. 

2880. V. George, b. in 1801; m. Sophia Greenwood. 

2881. vi. Charles, b. in 1804; d. 1824. 

2882. vii. Samuel, b. in 1806; d. in 1826. 

2883. viii. Anna P., b. in 1809; m. Read. 

1318. James Whitney (Ezra, James, John, Jonathan, John), b. Mendon, Dec. 

15, 1764; m. ; m. 2d ; m. 3d Mary Robinson, of Oxford, b. 

Oct. 8, 1771; d. Jan. 18, 1805. He d. at C. in 1822; res. East Woodstock, Conn., Ox- 
ford, Mass., and Craftsbury, Vt. 

Job, b. Sept. 29, 1788; m. Abigail Buckman. 

Ezra, b. Jan. 1790; m. Lucy Waters. 

Newell, b. in 1796; m, Anna Leonard, Clarissa Clark and L. 

Henrietta, b. May 17, 1797; m. Feb. 19, 1823, Ephraim Baylies, 
of Uxbridge. 

Mercy, b. ; m. Perley Lyon and Asa Buckbee, of Wood- 
stock, Conn., s. p. 

James, b. Mar. 6, 1800; m. Prudence Allard and Lavina Lee. 

Mary. b. Dec. 3, 1801; m. Feb. 4, 1827, Josiah Allen; res. Crafts- 
bury, Vt.; a son Job; res. Craftsbury. 

MiCAH, b. Oct. 20, 1803; m. Diantha Walker and Elizabeth Chan- 

Schuyler, b. Sept. 9, 1806; m. Sally Litchfield. 

Bezaleel, b. Apr. 16, 1808; m. Abigail Collins. 

Ruth H., b. Oct. 12, 1809; m. Apr. 24, 1838. Alanson Howard, in 
Uxbridge; b. 1803; d. Sept. 28, 1849; and George Towne; m. at 
East Woodstock, Conn., Nov. 26, 1863. He was b. Feb. 18, 1795 
d. Sept. 30, 1879. She res. 9 Henshaw St., Worcester, Mass 
Ch.: Josephine E., b. Mar. 30, 18.39; res. Thompson, Conn 
Charles A., b. May 8, 1840; res. Wilsonville, Conn.; Timothy F. 
b. July 28, 1843; res. Worcester, Mass.; Sarah C, b. Jan. 25, 1849 
d. May 9, 1872. 

Elizabeth, b. Oct. 12, 1809; d. young. 

William G., b. May 12, 1811 ; m. Marita Draper. He d. s. p. Apr. 

Daniel, b. Oct. 2, 1812; m. Ruth Watson. 

Samuel B., b. Sept. 17, 1814; m. 1842, Sophia Walker and, 1849. 
Martha Draper. 

Clarissa, b. Apr. 29, 1816; d. 1837, unm. 

Betsey H., b. Mar. 29, 1818; m. 1839, Ziba Harriman, of Greens- 
boro, Vt., and 1869 Burrill Hoyt. 

Pliny C, b. July 30, 1819; m. Nancy Lincoln. 

Otis, b. Apr. 19, 1821 ; m. Joanna W. Howard and Medosa Albee. 

FiDDiA, b. Mar. 11, 1823; d. Mar. 21, 1824. 

1320. Ezra Whitney (Ezra, James, John, Jonathan, John;, b. Nov. 29, 1760; m. 
-; res. Douglass, Mass. 



























2904. i. Eliza, b. . 2906. iii. William, b. 

2905. ii. Harriett, b. . 


1321. Col. Moses Whitney (Ezra, James, John, Jonathan, John), b. 1756; m. 

Hannah ; m. 2d, Apr. 3. 1796, Mrs. Nancy (Mann) Tyler*. He served in the 

Revolutionary war, first in a Douglass company and later in the company from Ux- 
bridge, in which he was sergeant. He d. Apr. 10, 1826; res. Uxbridge and 

"^^"2907.^' i.^^^" Anna Wyett, b. Apr. 18, 1787; d. Oct. 20, 1792. 
2908 ii. John Andrews, b. Jan. 10, 1789. 

2909. iii. Samuel B., b. Dec. 18, 1791. 

2910. iv. Nancy Wyett, b. Apr. 4, 1797; d. s. p. 1888. 

2911 v JULIAN Ann, b. June 25, 1798; m. Nov. 27, 1821, Benjamin Allen 

Tillinghast, b. May 2, 1799. He d. Troy, N. Y., Jan. 12, 1887. She 
d. Mar. 7, 1850. He m. 2d, May 10, 1853, Harriett Cornell, b. 
Apr, 3, 1806. Ch.: Thomas Allen, b. Wrentham, Mass., Nov. 9, 
1822; d. Troy, N. Y., June 10, 1879, ae. 57; m. Margaret Scott 

Griffith, of Troy, N. Y., Oct. 6, 1847; b. ; d. Dorchester, 

Mass., Apr. 14, 1890; 5 ch.; Charles Whitney, b. East Green- 
wich, R. I., May 23, 1824; m. Mary B.Southwick, at Trov, N. Y.. 
Dec. 1, 1852; b. Apr. 7, 1832; 2 ch.; address Troy, N. Y.; William 
Henry, b. Warwick, R. I., May 11, 1826; m. Phebe Wycoff, of New 
York'City, June 21, 1855; noch.; address 26 East Sixty-fourth St., 
New York City; Joseph Joslin, b. Trov, N. Y., Jan. 30, 1831; m. 
Mary J. Sullivan, at Madison, Ind., Dec. 9, 1863; b. Aug. 13, 
18;Mi 2 ch.; address Troy, N. Y.; Alice Ann, born Troy, N. Y., 
Mar. 3, 1834; d. Troy, N. Y., Feb. 3, 1872, ae. 38; ra. Plinev A. 
Meore, at Troy, N. Y., Jan. 24, 1867; b. 1814; d. Troy, N. Y., 'May 
30, 1877 ae. 63; no ch. 

2912. vi. Hannah Tillinghast. b. Feb. 7, 1800; d. 1804. 

2913. vii. Benjamin, b. m 1782; m. Rachel Nye Spooner. 

2914. viii. Timothy, b. . His granddaughter is Mrs. L. H. Kingsbury, 

Dedham, Mass. 

2915. ix. Esther, b. ; d. unm. 1891. 

2916. X. Charlotte, b. ; d. 1802. 

2917. xi. Ellen Maria, b. Feb. 29, 1808; m. May 11, 18-35, at Wrentham, 

Henry Jackson Wilde; b. in Hallowell, April 6, 1804. He was 
the son of Samuel Sumner Wilde and Eunice Cobb, his wife. 
Samuel S. Wilde was judge of the supreme court of Massa- 
chusetts, and when Maine became a state. Judge Wilde moved 
his family to Ne'wburyport, that he might still be a resident of 
Massachusetts. One of Mr. Wilde's sisters married Judge 
Emmons, of Hallowell, and another married Hon. Caleb Gush- 
ing, of Newburyport. Two of Mr. Wilde's brothers studied 
law and practiced, but Mr. Wilde never followed any profession, 
and his life was full of changes. Like other Newburyport 
boys he went to sea. Rounding Cape Horn he remained in the 
Andes, in the silver mines for a time, returned to the United 
States and went into a store in Boston. Later he was married 
to Ellen Maria Whitney and went into the coal business in 
Pottsville, Pa., where his daughter, Anne Doane, was born. He 
moved to Albia village, a part of Troy, N. Y., and after a few 
years moved to Washington, D. C. For a time he was in the 
office of his brother-in-law, Caleb Gushing, then for a number 
of years he was in the navy department. In 1847 he moved 
his family to Boston and made his home with his father. Judge 
Wilde, who was a widower, living in that city. Mr. Wilde was 
in the custom house, and later was naval storekeeper at Charles- 
town, Mass. In 1855 Judge Wilde died and Mr. Wilde moved to 
one of the suburbs. He d. when away from home in Pepperill, 
Mar, .30, 1873. She d. Dec. 27, 1864. Ch.: Anne Doane, b. July 
8, 1838; m. Oct. 9, 1864, Henry W. Daniell; res. Boston; Ellen 
Maria, b. Jan. 1, 1841; res. Milton, Mass. 

2918. xii. Susan, b. ; d. 1813. 

2919. xiii. Adeliza, b. Nov. 6, 1811; m. Nov. 9, 1837, Edmund J. Felt; was a 

farmer and manufacturing jeweler. She d. Dec. 5, 1861. He 

May 25. 1790, Moses was appointed guardian of Polly Wells Tyler, a child of second wife by 
her first husband. 


was b. Nov. 30, 1812; d. Aug. 1, 1892. Ch.: Edmund Selwyn, b. 
in Wrentham, Nov. 28, 1838; d. in Flint, Mich., Sept. 21, 1878; m. 
Mrs. Elizabeth (Robinson) Pratt, in New York City, April 30, 
1868; res. Flint Mich.; no children; James Mann,b. in Wrentham, 
July 10, 1841; d. July 21, 1858; David Shepard, b. in Wrentham, 
Sept. 13, 1843; m. in Troy, N. Y., Mar. 29, 1873, Sarah A. Meader, 
dau. of Hiram and Eliza (Mann) Meader; res. in the city of 
Albany, N. Y.; Henry Wilde, b. June 10, 1881; m. Sept. 5, 1893, 
Ludlow, Vt., Lily E. A. Robbins, dau. Fred'k C. and Eliza (Chap- 
man); Oliver, b. in Wrentham, Mar. 1, 1853; m. Carrie (Owen). 

1322. Samuel Whitney (Ezra, James, John, Jonathan, John), b. ; m. 

Azubah ; he d. Aug., 1789; res. Douglass, Mass. Inventory of his estate 

returned to probate court at Worcester, Sept. 1, 1789. His bro. Ezra was admr. 

2920. i. Samuel, b. July 30, 1789; m. Mary Willard. 

2921. ii. Mary, b. ; m. James Whiting. 

2922. iii. Mercy, b. ; m. John Crafts; res. Monson, Me. 

1326. Amos Whitney (Daniel, James, John, Jonathan, John), b. Sherborn, 1762; 
m. Catherine Hunt. He was a merchant in Boston. He d. in 1804; res. Sherborn, 
Mass., and Boston, Mass. 

2923. i. Wm. Scott, b. . 2925. iii.- Amos, b. . 

2924. ii. Daniel White, 2926. iv. Catherine. 

b. . 

1330. Aaron Whitney (Daniel, James, John, Jonathan, John), b. 1772; m. Eda 
Fiske. He d. in 1818; res. Sherborn, Mass., and Providence, R. I. 

John F., b. in 1795; d. in 1814. 

Mary, b. in 1801; m. Moses Stratton, of Natick, and d. 1822. 

Ch.: Mary W., b. 1822. 
Elizabeth, b. in 1803; d. in 1824. 
Daniel, b. in 1805; m. Hannah Smith. 
Aaron, b. in 1809; m. Marie E. Delavie. 
Miriam L., b. in 1811. 
Sarah H., b. in 1813. 
John F., b. in 1816; d. in 1816. 

1331. Thomas Whitney (Peter, Josiah, Josiah, Jonathan, John), b. Ashford, 
Tolland Co., Conn., Sept. 18, 1770; m. Royalton, \'t., Sept. 19, 1799, Mary Taina Jen- 
nings, dau. of Capt. Joseph and Mary, b. Windham, Conn., Apr. 27, 1777; d. May 12, 

He was born in Tolland, Conn., and in 1790 moved to Tunbridge, Vt. Along in the 
thirties with his family he moved to Ohio and for a number of years lived near Dan- 
ville, Knox Co. Later they lived with their son John J. Whitney, who owned the 
first farm of two hundred acres east of Londonville, on the Wooster and Ashland 
roads. In 1856 after the sad death of their son, they went to live with their daughter 
Emily, Mrs. Robert McMahan, in Londonville. Mrs. Whitney died there at the age 
of 83 years, and Mr. Whitney died at the home of his son Dr. B. F. Whitney, at 
Mansfield, at the advanced age of 96 years, and both are buried in the Londonville 
cemetery. They were considered very good old people, were members and founders 
of the Londonville Baptist church. He d. Aug. 6, 1863; res. Tunbridge, Vt., Ran- 
dolph, \'t., Mansfield, O. 

■ Wait, b. Oct. 29, 1800; m. Barbara Burkholder. 

Eli, b. Aug. 9, 1802. He was a lawyer, d. unm. at West Hart- 
ford, Vt., Dec. 30, 1826. 
Daniel, b. July 8, 1804; d. unm. at N. H., Dec. 20, 1829. 
Ebe.n Jennings, b. Dec. 6, 1806; m. Sarah Boardman. 
John J., b. Nov. 8, 1813; m. Matilda Robeson. 
Benjamin F., b. Feb. 27, 1815; m. Sarah Renfrew. 
Emily, b. Feb. 5, 1810; m. Feb. 23, 1839. Robert McMahan; res. 
Portage, O. He was a merchant. Ch.: Whitney; res. Bowl- 
ing Green, O. 
2942. viii. Marcy Maria, b. May 6, 1812; m. at Dansville,'0., Sept. 6, 1860, 
Joseph Sapp, a merchant, who was b. in Jefferson Co., O., and 
died in O.; m. 2d at Mansfield, O., May 29, 1863, Elijah Bemis, 
who was b. in Mass., but who died in Lyne, O. She res. s. p. at 
Bowling Green, O. 
































1332. Peter Whitney (Peter, Josiah, Josiah, Jonathan, John), b. Tolland, Conn., 
Oct. 81, 1776; m. Edith Davis; m. 2d Sybil Ainsworth. He was a blacksmith. He 
d. in 1838; res. Hartford, Vt. 

294.3. vi. Sybil, b. Hartford, Vt.; m. Smith; res. So. Royalton, Vt. 

2944 i Erastus b. . 

2946! ii. Paschal'p., b. Dec. 13, 1806; m. Malvina Stillman. 

2946. iii. Amanda Melvina, b. ; m. Sept. 12, 1832, Calvin Eaton; 

res. Concord, N. H. 

2947. iv. Mary Maria, b. ; m. 1838, Albert Langmaid; res. Concord, 

N. H. 

2948. V. Jane, b. . 

2949. vii. Horace, b. . His name was changed to Eaton; res. Boston, 


2950. viii. George L., b. Aug. 17, 1825; m. Caroline Jane Goss. 

1333. Jonathan Whitney (Peter, Josiah, Josiah, Jonathan, John), b. Tolland, 
Conn., Feb. 20, 1766; m. at Randolph, Vt., Dec. 16, 1796, Eunice Story; b. Nov. 4, 
1779; dau. of Asa and Abia; d. Sept. 9, 1804; m. 2d, Jan. 2, 1806, at Hartford, Vt., 
Dora Marsh, b. Nov. 1768; d. Sept. 25, 1806; m. 3d at Stockbridge, Vt., Mar. 17, 1808, 
Zylpha Holt, b. Feb. 2, 1776; d. Mar. 8, 1830; m. 4th, Dec. 14, 1830, Mrs. Betsey But- 
ton, b. Sept. 7, 1783; d. Oct. 12, 1867. 

Jonathan Whitney, the oldest son of Peter Whitney, was born in the state of 
Connecticut, Feb. 20, 1766. He came to the state of Vermont about the year 1787, 
and was employed as a surveyor. That season he surveyed and lotted the towns of 
Chittenden and Philadelphia, on the west side of the Green mountains, going into the 
wilderness with three men in the month of April, and remaining there until late in 
October of the same year, not going out to any settlement in the time. His associates, 
other than the men, were the beasts of the forest, such as panthers, catamounts, 
bears, wolves, moose and deer, which disputed his right of way into their domain. 
The next season he surveyed other townships on the east side of the Green mount- 
ains, and on his return to Connecticut he succeeded in persuading his father to make 
a settlement in Vermont, which settlement was commenced in Tunbridge in 1790, he 
coming with his father and assisting him in building a log house and clearing some 
land, after which, for 18 years, he taught school in winter, and assisted his father in 
clearing land and carrying on his farm in summer. He married, 1st, Eunice Story, 
of Randolph, Vt., by whom he had three children, viz.: Zabad, Zebinaand Polly. He 
rnarried for his 2d wife Dora Marsh, of Hartford, who died without issue. He mar- 
ried for his 3d wife Zilpha Holt, of Connecticut, by whom he had six children, three 
of which died in childhood and three lived to mature age, viz.: Laura, Albert G. and 
James M. Laura married Daniel Brown, and died at Bloomingdale, 111. He married 
for his 4th wife Betsey Button, of Royalton, Vt., who died without issue. He was a 
self-made man in every respect. His father being a soldier in the Revolution, the 
care of the family devolved upon him, therefore, he was deprived of any chance to 
attend even a district school, never attending school but 18 days in his lite. Through 
his own effort he acquired a good education, was one of the greatest mathematicians 
of his day, and a man that was sought for as authority on almost any subject. He 
came into possession of the farm on which his father settled and lived until his death. 
Being one of the early settlers he had his share of privations and hardships incident 
to the settlement of a new township. He was a great reader, and well posted in all 
that was transpiring in the whole country; was a free mason in high standing in the 
• order, and was one of the founders of Whitney chapter, which was named for him. 
He d. Apr. 12, 1853; res. Tunbridge, Vt. 

2951. i. Zabad, b. Dec. 10, 1797; m. Sophia Dewey. 

2952. ii. Zebina, b. Dec. 9, 1799; m. Harriett Cozzens. 

2963. iii. Polly, b. Nov. 21, 1801; m. at T., Roswell Dewey, of Royalton, 
She d. May 28, 1848, at Northfield. He was a singer and music 
teacher. Ch.: George, m. a Walton, and d. New York City; 
Roswell, res. unm. Northfield, Vt.; Mary, m. a Pinney. 

2954. iv. Roswell, b. Oct. 15, 1803; d. Sept. 16, 1806. 

2955. V. Rebecca, b. June 25, 1811; d. infancy. 

2956. vi. Laura Fiske, b. July 24, 1813; m. at T., Daniel N. Brown, of 

Northfield, Vt. He was a farmer, and res. in Bloomingdale, 111. 
Ch.: Lucy, m. Gilbert Cass. He has been passenger conductor 
on the railroad from Chicago to Elgin for 20 years; res. 206 









Center St., Elgin; Lucia, m, Henry L. Woodworth; res. 440 
Concord St., Aurora, 111.; Charles D., res. 291 South 4th St., 

2957. vii. Albert Galatin, b. July 27, 1817; m. in Northfield, Vt., May 19, 

1844, Adaline Leonard, d. Aug. 19, 1859; m. 2d at Worcester, 
Vt., Oct. 24, 1866, Wealthy Connor, b. July 8, 1841 ; d. July 8, 1872. 
He res. s. p. on a farni in Bethel, Vt. 

2958. viii. James Monroe, b. Nov. 4, 1821; m. Eliza Cozzens. 

2959. ix. RoswELL, b. Oct. 1815; d. young. 

1345. JosiAH Whitney (Josiah, Josiah.Josiah, Jonathan, John), b. May 1, 1791; 
m. May 28, 1818, Almira Ellsworth, b. June 7, 1803; d. Jan. 14. 1884. 

Josiah Whitney, was born in East Granville, Mass. He spent 18 months in the 
army during the 1812 war. Went to Ohio 1815 m which state he remained until his 
■death. He d. Oct. 7, 1869: res. Rootstown, O. 

2960. i. Flavel J., b. May, 31, 1819; m. June 7, 1847, Louisa Norton; res. 
Rootstown. He d. Feb. 8, 1882, at Buffalo Prairie, 111. 

Lucius E., b. Dec. 21, 1822; m. Dec. 31, 1848, Lucretia R. Eatin- 

ger; res. R. He d. Dec. 4 1890. 
Charles M., b. Dec. 31, 1835; m. Oct. 11, 1866, Henrietta S.Dem- 

ing; was in the war in the 104th Ohio Regt. in Co. I. 
Mary Dolly, b. Oct. 28, 1840; teacher; res. Rootstown, O. 
Artemitia a., b. Apr. 14. 1828; m. Oct. 17, 1853, Edward L. Clark; 

res. Leeds, Mass. 

2965. vi. Jonas E., b. Rootstown, [O., Oct. 28, 1825; d. Helena, Ark., of 

disease contracted while in the civil war in Co. B, 126th Illinois 
Vols., Aug. 20, 1863. 

2966. vii. Albert R., b. Jan. 26, 1821; m. Betsey Case and Lydia Hogan. 

1347. David Whitney (Benjamin, Joseph, Joseph, Jonathan, John), b. Pepper- 
cll, Mass., Feb. 11, 1766; m. at West Randolph, Vt., Nov. 21, 1793, Susanna Hunting- 
ton, b. July 28, 1766. He d. 1850; res. Tunbridge, Vt. 

2967. i. Benjamin, b. Feb. 18, 1796; m. Sibbel Parker and Mrs. Elizabeth 
Hall Whitney. 

David, b. Dec. 15, 1795; m. Lvdia Parker. 

Daniel, b. Oct. 28, 1809; m. Julia Hall. 

Ann, b. ; m. at T., Mar. 15, 1830, Azro Burton Curtis; res. 

Fort Atkinson, Wis.; son, David W.; res. F. A. 
Betsey, b. ; m. Mar. 7, 1839, John Whitney, of Chelsea; 

a dau. m. Comfort Barnes. 
Cyrus, b. Dec. 21, 1802; m. Betsey Curtis. 
William, b. Feb. 10, 1800; m. Elizabeth Hall. 

1348. Abel Whitney (Benjamin, Joseph, Joseph, Jonathan, John), b. Mar. 15, 
1770; m. Phebe Scott; d. Mar. 23, 1839. 

Abel Whitney was born on a farm in Pepperell, Mass. Soon after his mar- 
riage, in 1794, he moved to a farm in Tunbridge, Vt., where he ever after resided. 
He d. July 19, 1845; res. Tunbridge, Vt. 

2974. i. Lewis, b. Jan. 6, 1800; m. Emeline Nutting. 

2975. ii. Henry, b. Apr. 3, 1808; m. and his. wid. res. S. Royalton,Vt. He 

d. Sept. 1892. His son, Horace L., res. 9 Pelham St., Boston, 

2976. iii. George, b. Sept. 1, 1812; m. Arathusa Gates; had five boys- 

Albert, Milo F., John, Lewis, Orlando. 

2977. iv. Abel, b. Feb. 9, 1804; m. Mary Hall. 

2978. v. Joseph, b. Jan. 27, 1806; m. Caroline Pierce. 

2979. vi. Sally, b. Dec. 27, 1801; m. Mar. 28, 1832, Darius S. Durkee; res. 

No. T. She d. 1883. Ch.: Simeon P.. res. No. T; Caroline. 

2980. vii. Nancy, b. Mar. 24, 1810; m. Jan. 24, 1833, Roswell Durkee; b. 

Oct. 20, 1808; d. Nov. 18, 1890; res. No. T. Ch.: John, b. Jan. 2, 
1834 (physician); m. Mary J. Belknap; res. T.; Horace, b. Jan. 
17, 1837; m. Luttera P. Smith; res. T.; Abby C„ b. Aug. 27, 1840; 
m. Ezekiel Drew; res. Barre, Vt.; George W., b. Oct. 5, 1843; m. 
Alice E. Noves; res. T.; Charles, b. Oct. 7, 1845; res. T. 

2981. viii. Harriett, b.'Aug. 6, 1797; m. Aug. 12,1828, Moses Ordway. Ch.: 

George, res. East Granville, Vt.; , res. California; John, 











b. ; d. 1864 in Govt. Hospital at Louisville, Ky.; was in 

First Wis. Cavalry; Henrietta, b. ; m. Daniel Hunt; res. 

No. Tunbridge; Harriett, b.- 

2982. ix. John, b. Sept. 28, 1793; m. . 

2983. X. William, b. Oct. 29, 1795; m. and d. s. p. 

















1.349 Thomas Whitney (Benjamin, Joseph, Joseph, Jonathan, John), b. Pep- 

perell Ma-^s., July 15, 1780; m. , Betsey Wallis, b. July 20, 1784; d. I eb. 5, 1826; 

m. 2d 'in Brookfield, Vt., Apr. 13, 1827, Annie York, b. Aug. 25, 1794; d. June 9, 1884; 

res. Tunbridge, Vt. „ ^„„ ^ . -^ 

2984 i Charles Fitch, b. Dec. 12, 1806; m. Louisa Kemp. 

2985 ii Olive Hall, b. Jan. 21, 1810; m. Oct. 21, 1838, Nathan G. Smith, b. 

luly 25, 1803; d. Feb 9, 1873. She d. Mar. 9, 1875. He was a 
farmer. Ch.: Nathan Franklin, b. Apr. 26, 1843; d. May 6, 
1864. Killed in the battle of the Wilderness, Va.; Betsey Anna, 
b. July 20, 1845; m. Elihu Tuller Jan. 26, 1864; P. O. address, 
of all is Tunbridge, Vt.; Olive Maria, b. Oct. 12, 1847; m. Charles 
W. Smith Dec. 25, 1866; Thomas Whitney, b. Nov. 11, 1849; m. 
Emma Blake 1872. 

David, b. Mar. 11, 1812; m. Maria Smith. 

York, b. Sept. 14, 1834; m. Marietta Whitney. 

Harriett, b. Nov. 15, 1818. 

John, b. Dec. 18, 1821; m. Lorinda Bragman and Eunice Martin. 

Thomas, b. Feb. 20, 1824; m. and d. June 29, 1862; a son, Willis; 
res. No. Tunbridge. 

Lewis, b. Nov. 28, 1828; d. Jan. 8, 1844. 

Betsey, b. Sept. 6, 1830. She d. unm. June 9, 1885. 

Charlotte D., b. July 24, 1832; m. June 30, 1852, Elhanan W. 
Farwell, of Brooktield. She d. July 4, 1882; res. East Ran- 
dolph, Vt. 

1350. Abijah Whitney (Benjamin, Joseph, Joseph, Jonathan, John), b. Pepper- 
ell, Mass., Aug. 22, 1781; m. May 28, 1818, Lydia Tarbell; b. Aug. 17, 1792; d. Nov. 
12, 1864. He was a carpenter. He d. Mar. 30, 1856; res. Pepperell, Mass. 

2994. i. Eliza, b. Jan. 5. 1820; m. Nov. 28, 1843, Simon Durant, She d. 

Wells River, \^t., Dec. 12, 1860. 

2995. ii. Henrietta, b. Feb. 10, 1823; m. June 3, 1847, Sumner Graves. 

She d. Groton, Mass., Apr. 10, 1858. 

2996. iii. Mary Ann, b. May 30, 1833; m. Apr. 16, 1856, Phinehas P. 

Fletcher. She d. Marlboro, Vt., Mar. 24, 1883. 

2997. iv. Joseph, b. June 25, 1827; m. Mary P. Baker. 

1.352. Aaron Whitney (Benjamin, Joseph, Joseph, Jonathan, John), b. Pepper- 
ell, Mass., Feb. 22, 1786; m. there, June 7, 1814, Betsey Parker; b. Jan. 13, 1796; d. 
Jan. 18. 1867. 

He was born in Pepperell, Mass., and soon after his marriage moved to Tun- 
bridge, Vt. There he erected a temporary log cabin until he could make the brick 
and build a brick house in which he ever afterwards resided. The place is known 
to this day as Whitney Hill. Aaron was a farmer. He d. Feb. 22, 1860; res. Pep- 
perell, Mass., and Tunbridge, \t. 

2998. i. Aaron P., b. Oct. 2, 1815; m. Phyrilla Durkee. 

2999. ii. SiBBEL E., b. Sept. 28, 1817; m. Nov. 5, 1837, Nathaniel Hall. She 

d. Mar. 4, 1893. Ch.: S.Norman, res. Chicago; is on Board of 

3000. iii. Rebecca F., b. Oct. 7, 1820; m. Nov. 15, 1847, Nathaniel King; 

res. Tunbridge, \'t. 

3001. iv. Henrietta W, b. Dec. 11, 1822; m. June 24, 1844, Charles W. 

Bliss; res. Bethel, Vt. He is a farmer; was b. Sept. 16, 1814. 
Ch.: Willis Whitney, b. July 28, 1845; m. Oct. 18. 1867; d. Mar. 
22, 1888; William Henry, b. Oct. 5, 1847; m. Sept. 9, 1873, Mid- 
dleburv, Addison Co. Vt.; Daniel Webster, b. Feb. 18, 1852; m. 

June, 17, 1891, , Bethel, Windsor Co., Vt. 

8002. V. Wm. F., b. May 8, 1825; m. Jane Sprague. 

3003. vi. Abijah. b. Feb. 6, 1829; d. Oct. 13, 1837. 

3004. vii. Carlos, b. May 5, 1831; m. Helen M. Corwin. 


3005. viii. Sarah A., b. May 14, 1833; m. Oct. 26, 1864, James Lewis. She d. 

June 9, 1859, at Chelsea, Vt. Mr. Lewis now resides in Worces- 
ter, Mass. Ch.: Flora E., b. Oct. 6, 1855; d. Mar. 21, 1859; Har- 
riett Ellen, d. June 18, 1869. 

3006. ix. Ellen, b. Dec. 14, 1837; m. Mar. 13, 1865, Elizur F. Howe, b. julv 

17, 1837; res. Tunbridge, Vt. Ch.: Anne R., b. Dec. 10, 1867; 
Wm. Whitney, b. Aug. 19, 1872; Sadie A., b. Dec. 16, 1875; 
Elmer E., b. Oct. 22, 1882. 

1355. Franklin Whitney (Benjamin, Joseph, Joseph, Jonathan, John), b. Tun- 
bridge, Vt., Nov. 30, 1810; m. there Apr. 7, 1842, Catherine Kemp, b. Feb. 22, 1821; 
d. Jan. 26, 1881. He d. Jan. 5, 1880; res. Tunbridge, Vt. 

3007. i. Martha Jane, b. Sept. 14, 1842; m. Giles, and d. Aug. 6, 


3008. ii. Marietta, b. Mar. 4, 1847; m. York Whitney. 

3009. iii. George Franklin, b. Sept. 16, 1861; m. Hattie M. Corwin. 

1368. Joseph Dix Whitney (Joseph, Joseph, Joseph, Jonathan, John), b. Fran- 
cistown, N. H., Apr. 4, 1791; m. Apr. 4,1811, Susanna Drury, of Alstead, N. H.; b. 
Apr. 19, 1790; d. Oct. 10, 1847. He was a farmer. He d. Oct. 5, 1877; res. East Brook- 
field, Vt. 

3010. i. Susannah W., b. Oct. 21, 1811; m. May 10, 1849, . Shed. 

Feb. 6, 1870. 

3011. ii. Pamelia, b. Dec. 3, 1816; m.Apr. 3, 1843, . She d. Feb. 23, 


3012. iii. Rebecca, b. Dec. 3, 1818; m. Jan. 3, 1839, Charles Parker (see). 

She d. Mar. 14, 1888. He was b. Sept. 24, 1810, son of Phinehas 
and Polly (Whitney) Parker; res. East Randolph, Vt. Ch.: 
Willard W., b. July'30, 1840; m. Oct. 10, 1873; res. Chelsea, Vt.; 
Samuel D., b. May 8, 1843; d. Apr. 3, 1866; Augusta S., b. Feb. 

12, 1849; m. Dec. 21, 1869, Edgar J. Rich. She d. Dec. 25. I8s4. 
Mary J., b. Dec. 24, 1850; m. Mar. 16, 1871, David Dickerman; 
res. Chelsea; Eliza M., b. Mar. 31, 18-53; m. Dec. 23, 1881, Fred 
H.Tuttle; res. Tunbridge, Vt.; Charles, b. Sept. 18, 1855; Ella 
M., b. July 17, 1858; d. June 1, 1879. 

3013. iv. Sarah Ann, b. Feb. 25, 1822; m. Feb. 14, 1843, Shed. July 

27, 1864. 

3014. V. Eliza M., b. June 13, 1825; m. June 9, 1860, . She d. Feb. 

9, 1851. 
3016. vi. Leonora, b. Apr. 28, 1828; m. Jan. 5, 1861, Gardner Parker; b. 
Aug. 16, 1824; d. Feb. 26, 1889; res. Chelsea, Vt. 
Of the living descendants of this family are Mrs. David Dickerman, East Ran- 
dolph, Vt., and Mrs. Stillman L. Rich, of Chelsea, \'t. 

1369. Isaac W. Whitney (Joseph, Joseph, Joseph, Jonathan, John), b. Mar. 
31, 1793; m. Polly Blood; b. Mar. 1, 1790; d. Nov. 28, 1843. He was "a blacksmith. 
He d. Jan. 6, 1876; res. Chelsea, Vt. 

3016. i. Mary Jane, b. June 29, 1813; m. Aaron P. Godfrey; b. 1807; d. 

Dec. 1, 1870. He was a carpenter. Ch.: Ellen, b. Jan. 30, 1835; 
m. John T. Wilson, Nov. 17, 1852; address, Ashburnham, Mass.; 
Lucy, b. Sept. 27, 1838; m. Chester B. Gale, Mar. 16, 1859; 
address, Ashburnham, Mass.; Aurora, b. July 21, 1840; m. 
Edwin Sanborn, Mar. 15, 1869; Chelsea, Vt. All were born in 
Chelsea, \'t. 
. 3017. ii. Lucy, b. Aug. 10, 1816; m. probably in 1840, James Flanders; res. 
Potter Place, N. H. She was his second wife. He d. Apr. 4, 
1878. Ch.: Perry B., b. Sept. 14, 1841; m. Abbie J. Cilley, 
Lorana Chase (Whitehead), widow; no ch.; Cynthia A., b. Mar. 

13, 1843; m. Solomon Lovering; no ch ; Charles S., b. Dec. 7, 
1845; m. Amanda Wells; one ch., Owen L.; Julia A., b. Oct. 29, 
1852; m. Moses H, Prescott; ch., Roy and Gertie; she d. June 
18, 1884. 

3018. iii. Sally, b. Nov. 6, 1817; m. Nov. 14, 1837, Simon French; res. 
Aver Village, Mass. He was b. Apr. 30, 1812; is a carpenter 
and builder. Ch.: Simon, Jr., b. Aug. 23, 1838; m. Nov., 1863; 


East Pepperell, Mass.; Jennette C, b. Apr. 16, 1842; m. May 
27, 1867; Mrs. Willard Noyes, 78 Auburn St., Haverhill, Mass.; 
Sarah Jane,b. July 28, 1847; m. Feb., 1876; Mrs. C. W. Foster, 49 
Green St., Haverhill, Mass.; George W., b. Sept. 18, 1850; m. 
Apr. 1, 1872; 25 Moore St., Haverhill, Mass.; Mary M., b. Dec. 
12, 1852; m. June 9, 1880; d. Dec. 26, 1893. 
3019 iv DiANNA, b. July 15, 1820; m. at Chelsea in 1842, Guilford Dudley 
George, b. Oct. 17, 1819; d. July 24, 1874. Ch.: Mary Jeanette, 
b. Oct. 10, 1844; res. 42 Lake Ave., Melrose, Mass.; Diana d. 
Dec. 26, 1851. 

3020. V. Arvilla, b. Jan. 30, 1823; m. Aug. 9, 1846, James F. Woodward; 

b. Nov. 11, 1819; is a shoe tool mfr. at Wakefield, Mass. She 
d. Feb. 3, 1876. Ch.: Charles P., b. Nov. 19, 1852; res. Wake- 
field, Mass.; Minnerville W., b. Jan. 5, 1862; m. Geo. A. Whit- 
ney; res. Wakefield, Mass. 

3021. vi. Andrew Jackson, b. Jan. 29, 1828; m. Arvilla Bohoman, Mrs. 

Rosina Ramsdell, and Adelia M. t)ewey. 

3022. vii. Aravesta Janet, b. Sept. 19, 1834; d. Mar. 16, 1844. 

3023. viii. Alvah W., b. Dec. 16, 1832; m. Mahala M. Jones and Maria E. 


1370. John Whitney (Joseph, Joseph, Joseph, Jonathan, John), b. Acworth, 
N. H., May 4, 1795; m. at Chelsea, Aug. 27, 1818, Polly Lewis; b. Mar., 1795; d. July, 
1838. He was a farmer. He d. Nov. 1, 1869; res. Chelsea, Vt. 

3024. i. Mary G., b. Mar. 31, 1820; m. Barnes; d. in Wis.; left one 


3025. ii. Emma, b. Oct. 20, 1822; d. Oct. 8, 1841. 

3026. iii. Eliza, b. July 3, 1825; m. Mar. 23, 1854, Asa A. Annis. Hewasb. 

Feb. 10, 1828. Is a farmer. Ch.: Susan A., b. Mar. 10, 1855; d. 

Jan. 22, 1864; Carrie, b. Oct. 27, 1856; m. Feb. 20, 1877, 

Grant; res. Chelsea, Vt.; John W., b. Mar. 2, 1858; m. Dec. 25, 
1877; res. Boston, Mass.; Lila M., b. Mar. 9, 1861 ; m. June 6, 1882, 

Gray; res. Chelsea, Yt.; Lucinda E., b. July 17, 1867; m. 

Feb. 17, 1891, Salter; res. South Barre, Vt. 

Amanda, b. June 11, 1828; d. July 6, 1844. 

Joseph Lewis, b. Oct. 13, 1831; d. Dec. 8, 1833. 

William L., b. June 12, 1833; m. . 

Mary E., b. Jan. 25, 1826; m. Oct. 10, 1866, ; res. Bridgton, 


3031. viii. Irene F., b. July 29, 1838; d. May 6, 1846. 

1371. Leonard Whitney (Joseph, Joseph, Joseph, Jonathan, John), b. Pepper- 
ell, Mass., June 4, 1797; m. m Acworth, N. H., Aug. 8, 1820, Philanda Blood; b. Jan. 8, 
1805; d. July 25, 1888. He was a farmer. He d. July 26, 1886; res. Acworth and Lang- 
don, N. H. 

3032. i. Elisha L., b. Oct. 29, 1835; m. Jane M. Howard. 

3033. ii. Clarinda M., b. Dec. 14, 1824; m. at Bellows Falls, Vt.,Tulv 4, 

1842, George A. Wallace, b. Acworth, N. H.. Feb. 14, 1819; d. 
Jan. 24, 1865; m. 2d Willard H. Howard; res. Acworth, N. H., 
and Brookfield, Vt. Ch.: Tennie C, b. June 18, 1843, in Acworth, 
N. H.; m. in 1887 to R. C. Boutwell, of Wilton, N. H.; Nancy 
E., b. July 2, 1847; d. 1850, Nashua, N. H.; George H., b. Sept. 
18, 1851, Nashua, N. H.; m. in 1873 to Nellie McHeene; address 
Drewsville, N. H.; Sumner L., b. Mar. 31, 1855; d. 1872. 

Parthena a., b. Nov. 7, 1827; m. 1850, Howard G. Colburn; res. 
Alstead, N. H. 

Caroline G., b. Feb. 20, 1833; m. Horace Blake, and d. Oct. 17, 

Mariah p., b. feb. 5, 1822; m. in 1848, Josiah Guillow, Gilsum, 
N. H. 

Geo. L., b. Sept. 14, 1843; m. Lucretia E. Miller. 

Horace L., b. July 17, 1845; m. Etta Ellis, and d. Dec. 7, 1884. 

Abbie Jane, b. July 27, 1849; m. Edwin Fairfield, and d. Feb., 1893. 

1376. Orlando Whitney (James, Joseph, Joseph, Jonathan, John), b. ; 

m. at Ludlow, Vt., Feb. 16, 1792, Asaneth Stiles; res. Ludlow, and St. Johnsbury, Vt. 


























BoYLSTON, b. Nov. 29, 1792; m. Lucy Spaulding. 
ASENATH, b. Sept. 18, 1799. 
Calvin, b. Sept. 4, 1795. 

1377. Daniel Whitney (James, Joseph, Joseph, Jonathan, John), b. Ludlow, Vt., 
in 1777; m. in Ludlow, Feb. 25, 1796, Content Stiles; b. in 1777; d. in 1863. He was a 
cordwainer. He d. in 1863; res. St. Johnsbury, Vt. 

3043. i. Asaph S., b. Apr. 5, 1804; m. Abigail Miller. 

3044. ii. Calvin, b. Feb. 19, 1806; m. Roxana Wheelock. 

3045. iii. Ira, b. ; m. Lucinda Hudson; a dau. is Mrs. Julia Strong; 

res. Cavendish, Vt. 

3046. iv. Hiram, b. ; 1818; m. Arvilla Herrick. 

3047. V. Betsey, b. ; m. Harsha Nickols, and went west. 

3048. vi. Content, b. ; m. Hezekiah Mooe; a son Nelson res. in 

Shrewsbury, Vt. 

3049. vii. Salome, b. ; m. Handel Webster; son Addison res. Plym- 

outh, Vt. 

3050. viii. Nancy, b. ; m. James Merrell; a son Henry res. Reading, 


3051. ix. Mary, b. ; m. Obediah Miller; d. s. p. 

1379. Jazamiah Whitney (James, Joseph, Joseph, Jonathan, John), b. Sept. 1, 
1780; m. at St. Johnsbury, Vt., Rebecca Whipple, b. Oct. 17, 1782; d. May 23, 1853. 
He was a carpenter by trade. Member of the Baptist church. He d. Apr. 12, 1869; 
res. St. Johnsbury, Vt., and Newport, N. H. 

Sally M., b. Aug. 11, 1804; m. Moses B. Hatch, of Littleton, N. H. 

Orlando, b. Mar. 26, 1806; m. Eliza Ann Motley Carlton. 

Orange, b. May 8, 1808; m. Emeline Harris. 

Harriett, b. June 22, 1810; d. July 31, 1817. 

Lambert, b. Oct. 10, 1812; m. Sallie Senter. 

TURZAH, b. July 30, 1815; d. July 30, 1820. 

1386. John Whitney (John, James, Joseph, Jonathan, John), b. Fitzwilliam, N. 
H., Dec. 10, 1789; m. Mar. 2, 1816, Mrs. Augusta (Fisk) Brooks, b. Aug. 2, 1792; d. in 
1852. He was born in New Hampshire on a farm. Resided in Troy some time and for 
many years followed the sea. He was a great sailor, visited many ports in Europe. 
Asia and Africa, as well as those of North and South America. On one of his trips 
he circumnavigated the earth. After his marriage in 1824 moved to Dunkirk, N. Y. 
There he followed agricultural pursuits until the railroad through that section was 
built. As it passed through his farm he sold out and moved to Fredonia, N. Y. 
While living m Dunkirk he ran a vessel on the lake. He d. in 1862; res. Troy, N. H., 
Dunkirk and Fredonia, N. Y. 

Lemuel, b. Nov. 7, 1816; m. Fanny M. Gould and Julia M. Gould. 
Densmore, b. Jan. 7, 1818; d. unm. 

Sabrina, b. Jan. 7, 1819; m. Norman Pier; res. Murray, N. Y.; 
dau. Ella, m. Thomas McGovern, and her son James, 12 years 
of age, res. Morris, 111. 
3061a. iv. Caroline, b. Mar. 28, 1820; m. Aug. 16, 18-39, John Culver and 
had 4 ch.: Sarah, m. Peter Thompson, merchant and inventor; 
res. Union, Pa.; Edward, res. Oil City, Pa.; Henry and Rufus, 
res. Union, Pa. 
3062a. V. Asa, b. May 4, 1821; m. June. 1842, Caroline P. Tyler; res. Bert, 

Kan. Ch.: Omer, res. Elkhorn, Neb.; Sarah Carrauth. 
3063a. vi. Jefferson B., b. May 4, 1822. 

3064a. vii. Harlow Jones, b. Sept. 6, 1825; m. Oct. 20, 1847, Harriett Mac- 
kentire; res. Grand Island, Neb. Ch.: John, and Eunice, who 
m. 1888, Simeon Woodruff; res. Joliet, 111. 

3065a. viii. T. Augusta, b. ; m. S. M. Underwood and had2ch., Samuel 

Marion; res. Morris, 111., a merchant; Charles Curtis; res. 
Gardiner, 111., a merchant. 
3066a. ix. Esther ANN,b. Sept. 2, 1832; m. Lucius T. Gould, b. Feb., 1829; 
d. Dec. 4, 1861 ; m. 2d, Rev. Hiram P. Eustis. Ch.: Charlotte A., 
b. Apr. 21, 1861; m. Apr. 6, 1894, Joseph Hampson; res. St. Paul, 
Minn.; Harriett Beecher, b. July 5, 1853; ni, June 12, 1869, 




















Howard; res. Rockwell, la.; Edgar Fletcher, b. July 22, 1855; 
m. Nov. 18, 1880; res. South St. Paul, Minn.; Mary C, b. Oct. 4, 
1857; m. June, 1876; res. Arago, Ore. 

1389 Luke Whitney (John, James, Joseph, Jonathan, John), b. Fitzwilliam, 
N. H., Dec. 25, 1798; m. Sept. 10, 1835, Louisa White; b. Oct. 12, 1806; d. July 31, 1886. 

Luke Whitney had no other opportunities for obtaining an education than the 
common schools of his native town, but such time as could be given to that purpose 
was faithfully improved. Although a good farmer he did not devote all of his time 
to that business, but became quite a large dealer in horses, buying them in Canada 
and taking them to Boston for sale. It was on one of these trips to Boston -that he 
contracted the disease of smallpox, from the effects of which he died. He was a 
farmer. He d. July 12, 1841; res. Fitzwilliam and Troy, N. H. 



Charles O., b. May 4, 1838; m. Frances F. Bent. 

Ann Eliza, b. Mar. 15, 1837; m. Nov. 27, 1862, Goodhue Tenney; 

b. Oct. 16, 1824; d. June 9, 1892; res. Marlborough, N. H. Ch.: 

(adopted) Flora Belle, b. Aug. 19, 1872. 
Francis Luke, b. Mar. 16, 1840; was a soldier in the Union army 

in the war of the rebellion, and d. of wounds received at the 

battle of Cold Harbor, June 16, 1864. 

1391. Lieut. Joseph Whitney (Jonathan, James, Joseph, Jonathan, John), b. 
Fitzwilliam, N. H., June 7, 1774; m. Dec. 22, 1805, Sophia Oliver, b. Dec. 6, 1784; d. 
Mar. 3, 1860, at Wilson, N. Y. He was a farmer, was a soldier in the war of 1812, 
and acted as a lieutenant and quartermaster. He d. Jan. 5, 1860; res. Wilson, N. Y. 

3063a. i. 

Benjamin, b. 1807; m. in 1832; d. Jan. 4, 1856. Left 4 ch. N;ewton 

Ledyard m. Mary A. — ' " 

who res. in Eustis, Fla. 
attaining their majority. 

and died in 1884, leaving Le Borne, 






3068a. vi. 








He had two daughters who died before 
Another son was William Wallace, 

who died and left a widow and three sons; one was Percy. 
Abigail, b. Mar. 27, 1808; m. John S. Cudaback. She d. June 4, 

1845, leaving 5 ch.; one was William; res. Olcott, N. Y. 
Zervah Oliver, b. Mar. 21, 1812; m. Rolph. She had 9 

ch. She d. Dec. 17, 1891, at Battle Creek, Mich. A dau. 

is Mrs. Edward Smith, res. Coldwater, Mich., and a son is B. F. 

Rolph, res. Tekonsha, Mich.; Joseph W., res. Eaton Rapids, 

Mich.; dau. Mrs. Orisa Rhodes res. Hart, Mich. 
Joseph W., b. Feb. 16, 1815; m. and res. Coldwater, Mich.; has 4 

Franklin P., b. Apr. 14, 1817; m. and d. in 1865, leaving 2 

sons; one son died in the army in 1864; left a son res. in Kid- 
der, Mo. 
Ferdinand, b. Aug. 23, 1819; res. Mattison, Branch Co., Mich.; 

m. and has 11 ch. 
Lorin Jerome, b. Feb. 20, 1824. He was in the Civil war and 

was with Sherman when he marched to the sea. He d. June, 

1865, in the District of Columbia. He left a widow and 4 ch. 

She m. a Mr. Prior. A son, Jesse M., res. Clayton, Fairbault 

Co., Minn. 
Albert, b. July 1, 1826; m. Teressa Martha Phelps. 
Milton, b. Sept. 27, 1830; res. Wilson, N. Y.; m. May 1, 1857, 

Charlotte Wilson; b. June 7, 1835. Ch.: Eugene, b. M,ar. 27, 

1858; d. Jan. 4, 1863; Erwin, b. Dec. 10, 1863; Nellie May, b. 

Mar. 18, 1865; d. Aug. 31, 1893. 
George, b. Dec. 4, 1809; d. Aug. 15, 1810. 
George, b. Apr. 27, 1811; d. same day. 
Sophia, b. Mar. 24, 1822; d. Sept. 10, 1823. 

1394. Jonathan Whitney (Jonathan, James, Joseph, Jonathan, John), b. Wind- 
sor, Vt., Apr. 6, 1783; m. at Mansfield, O., 1820, Miranda Marvin. 

He was born in the Green Mountain State; his descendants say at Windsor. He 
migrated to Ohio, where he worked on a farm and where he was married. Soon after 
their marriage they moved to Indiana, about Brown county. He finally moved to 
Iowa, where he died. He d. in 1876; res. Vermont, New London, O., Brown Co., Ind., 
and Poweshiek Co., la. 

















James, b. May 16, 1833; m. Nfary Helms. 

Miranda, b. ; m. — Redmon; res. Elliott, la. 

Sarah E., b. 1832; m. Parr; res. Montezuma, la. 

Isaac, b. 1837; res. Lingrdve, la. 

Theodore, b. Dec. 25, 1824; m. Isabella Quinn and Susan Puffer. 

Hannah E. b. ; m. — — — Gerbrige. 

Eliza Ann, b. 














Hiram, b. July 23, 1835; m. . 

1396. Calvin Whitney (Jonathan, James, Joseph, Jonathan, John), b. Wood- 
stock, Vt., May 25, 1788; m. Eliza Everton, b. 1800; d. Feb. 20, 1861. 

Calvin Whitney was born in Woodstock, Vt., resided there for awhile and with 
his brother Haynes emigrated to Thomason, Me., where he died in 1832. After 
his death his widow married Joseph Thompson and she died in 1861. He died Oct., 
1832; res. Woodstock, Vt., and Thomason, Me. 

Calvin F., b. Apr. 7, 1816; m. Nancy J. Clark. 

Henry, b. Apr. 25, 1818; d. in the south. 

William E., b. Jan. 23, 1822; m. Sophia A. Fales. 

Joshua G., b. Nov. 10, 1823; m. ; res. Rockland; was a 

soldier in the 4th Me. 

John K., b. June 19, 1826; res. Th. and rem. Cal. 

Mary E., b. July 31, 1830; m. Americus Long; res. Thomason, Me. 

Joshua, b. 1833; m. ; res. Rockland. 

1397. Haynes Whitney (Jonathan, James, Joseph, Jonathan, John), b. Wood- 
stock, Vt., Dec, 1788; m. Jan. 24, 1816, Jane Robinson; b. Sept., 1790; d. Jan. 16, 1885. 
He d. Sept. 18, 1825; res. Woodstock, Vt., and Thomason, Me. 

3078. i. William, b. Oct. 29, 1816; m. Eliza Brown and Elizabeth Jordan. 

3079. ii. Maria R., b. June 24, 1818; m. Oct. 20, 1844, Joseph C. Stafford; 

res. Boston, and d. St. Louis, 1845. 

3080. iii. Charles R., b. June 16, 1820; m. Mary Edgcom Thurston. 

3081. iv. Reuben H., b. Nov. 10, 1823; lost overboard from the bark Val- 

halla, Dec, 1838. 

3082. V. Elizabeth Howard, b. Nov. 22, lb'25; m. Sept. 1, 1844, Charles 

A. Green of Boston; m. 2d, Stephen Styles of Cambridge. She 
d. Nov., 18^5; son Franklm H. res. No. Avenue, No. Cambridge, 

1398. Christopher Whitney (William, William, Joshua, Johni, b. at Salis- 
bury, Conn., Sept. 28, 1751; m. at Sharon meeting house. Conn., Dec. 1, 1774, Mary 
Ticknor; b. Sharon, Conn. 

He was born in Salisbury, Conn., where he resided until his majority. He was 
united in marriage at Sharon, Conn., meeting house, and with his bride was said to 
be the handsomest couple ever married at that place. Soon after his marriage the 
war with Great Britain broke out, and he enlisted in his country's behalf. After the 
war, with other continental soldiers, he was paid off in lands; he received a grant of 
60 acres of land in the town of Solon, Cortland Co., N. Y. He probably removed 
there about 1790 or thereabouts from Tinmopth, \'t., when he moved from Connecti- 
cut. Res. Sharon, Conn., Tinmouth, Vt., and Solon, N. Y. 

RuLUFF, b. June 25, 1777; m. Susanna Glenny. 
BiLLA, b. May 12, 1775; m. Clarinda French. 

Olive, b. Mar. 18, 1780; m. at Cortlandville, N, Y.,Col. Moses Hop- 
kins. He was colonel of militia, sheriff of Cortland county. He 
died in 1870, ae. 85; was highly respected and esteemed by all. 
She d. in Cortland, N. Y.,' in 1872. 

3086. iv. Christopher, b. Nov. 12, 1782; m. Rhoda Wilder. 

1401. Cornelius Whitney (William, William, William, Joshua, John), b. Sal- 
isbury, Conn., Dec. 31, 1753; m. 1775, Hetty Green. He was in the Revolutionary war, 
and in 1809 sold land in Sheffield. He d. Nov. 6, 1829; res. Canaan and Sheffield, 

3087. i. RuLUFF Dutcher, b. Mar. 3, 1794; m. Bathsheba Fuller. 

3088. ii. Everett, b. 1800; m. and res. East Pembroke, N. Y., leaving son, 

Alphonso, who res. in Salisbury, Conn. 

1407. Joshua Whitney (Thomas, William, William, Joshua, John), b. Nov. 27, 
1748; m. Hannah Green, b. Sept. 14, 1748; d. Aug. 17, 1793. He d. of yellow fever on 
his return journey from Philadelphia, where he had been to purchase merchandise, 
at Wind Gap, Pa. He d. Sept. 26, 1793; res. Nobletown and Binghamton, N. Y. 








3089. i. Joshua, b. Aug. 24, 177'; m. Rhoda Jewell and Julia Crooker. 

3090. ii. Sarah, b. May 8, 1776; m. William Guthrie. She d. in Bain- 

bridge, N. Y. 

3091. iii. Thomas, b. Aug. 5, 1778; m. Polly Gilbert. 

3092. iv. John, b. June 31, 1780; m. . 

3093. V. Hannah, b. Jan. 29, 1782; m. Dec. 2, 1823, Dea. Samuel Stow. She 

d. Nov. 27, 1849. He was b. Apr. 4, 1787; d. July 13, 1870. Ch.: 
Wm. Whitney, b. Sept. LS, 1824; m. Apr. 4, 1849. Alice E. Pat- 
terson. They have 6 ch. and 11 grandchildren; res. Pine St., 
San Francisco, Cal.; Betsey, b. May 9, 1826; d. May 20. 1826. 

3094. vi. Lucy, b. June 26, 1784; m. William Morse. 

3095. vii. Olive, b. Nov. 21, 1786; m. 1809, Christopher Eldridge. He 

was b. Jan., 1785; d. Oct. 14, 1864; 12 ch.: Hallam, b. Feb. 19. 

1810; d. Oct. 21, 1810; Jane, b. Nov. 21, 1811; d. ; m. Nov. 

21, 1831, Jas. S. Hawley; Hallam and Sarah, b. Aug. 12, 1813; 
Hallam d. Aug. 23, 1813; Sarah d. Aug. 28, 1813; Charles, b. Oct. 
6, 1814; d. July 2, 1866; m. Pamela Janette Waterman; James, b. 
Dec. 31, 1817; m. Charlotte B. Timpkins Eldredge; Robert, b. 
Apr. 29. 1820; d. 1844; Hallam. b. Dec. 16. 1821; m. Dec. 9, 1851. 
Anne Elizabeth Zane, in Natchez, Miss.; John and Henry, b. 
June 16, 1824; John d. Dec. 16, 1868, and Henry d. 1856; Henry 
m. Mary T. Cox; Hobart, b. Dec. 15, 1825; d. 1860; m. Char- 
lotte B. Timpkins; William, b. Dec. 19. 1827; d. Jan. 27. 1867. 

3096. viii. Ebenezer, b. July 27, 1789; m. Sally Green. 

3097. ix. William, b. Apr. 21, 1791. 

1411. William Whitney (Joshua, Joshua, William, Joshua, John), b. Addison 
Co., Vt., May 24, 1795; m. in Warren Co., Ohio, Jan. 29, 1833, Martha Ann Perlee. 

He was a farmer all his life; was born in Vermont, where he resided for twenty- 
two years, lived in Ohio for thirty-seven years. Iowa seventeen years, and Kansas 
until his decease; res. Glen Elder, Kan. 

3098. i. George L., b. -. 

1413. Aaron Whitney (Benjamin. Joshua, William, Joshva, John), b. Gran- 
ville, N. Y., Sept. 14, 1798; m. June 23, 1818, Electa Leach, d. Nov. 1. 1798; res. Find- 
ley's Lake, N. Y. 

3099. i. Isaac, b. 1819; m. Apr. 7, 1844; Betsey Nason; res. French Creek,. 

N. Y. Ch.: Wm. Benj., b. June 25, 1846; is a farmer; m. Jan. 15, 
1870. Mary Ireland, and d. May 2, 1873. He was in the war in 
the 112th N. Y. Volunteers. One son Wayne, b. Feb. 15, 1872; 
res. Broken Straw, N. Y. Aaron Leech, Isaac. Sarah Roydia.. 
Emma, Lyal. 

3100. ii. James, b. ; unm.; res. Findley's Lake. 

3101. iii. Phebe, b. ; m. Dec. 2, 1852, Lorenzo Flower; res. Mina^ 

N. Y. 

3102. iv. Samuel, b. ; m. Feb. 2, 1846, Lucy Lewis; res. Rosabach,. 

Iowa. Ch.: Sally, Electa. Joshua, Samuel, Mercy, Charles, 

James, Elizabeth, George, Lucretia. 
Electa, b. ; m. Sept. 7, 1844. Morgan B. Tanner; res. Mina, 

N. Y. 
Miranda, b. ; m. Apr. 4, 1849, Jared Chittenden; res. Mina.. 

N. Y. 

Aaron, b. ; res. Kane Co., III.; unm. in 1874. 

Hiram, b. ; m. 1849, Emily Jackson, and d. July 4. 1852. 

Ch.: Francis Ellie. 
Benjamin, b. ; m. Dec. 8. 1859. Mary E. Coe; res. Mina, N. Y.. 

Ch.: Edith. 
Zebulon. b. ; m. Aug. 27, 1865, Mary A. McDowell. Ch.: 

William J. and Miranda A. 

Sally, b. ; d. June 10, 1840. 

Polly, b, \ unm.; res. Findley's Lake. 

1417. Joseph Whitney (Elijah, John, William. Joshua, John), b. Canaan, Conn... 
July 21, 1776; m. Mary P. Persons, b. Bristol. Conn.. 1776; d. June 5, 1824. He d. 1836;. 
res. Scriba. N. Y. 















3111. i. Salome, b. ; m. Adams. Ch.: Walton, b. ; res. 

Bundy's Crossing, N. Y. 

3112. ii. WoLCOTT, b. Dec. 20, 1804; m. Almeda Snow. 

3113. iii. Joseph, b. Scriba, N. Y., widow and 1 son, J. S., res. Dewatto^ 

Mason Co., Wash. 

3114. iv. Beckey, b. in Scriba, N. Y.; m.; a son Joseph, res. Brooklyn, Mich. 

3115. V. Polly, b. m. William Burt; res. Scriba, N. Y. Has old 

family Bible. 

3116. vi. Irene, b. ; m. Cyrenius. Ch.: L. H., res. Los Angeles, 


3117. vii. Charles L., b. Scriba, N. Y.; m. Julia Broadwell; res. Fulton, N. 

Y.; d. s. p. She res. Oswego Falls, N. Y. 

3118. viii. Norman Knox, b. Dec. 2, 1816; m. Mary Harman. 

1419. William Whitney (Elijah, John, William, Joshua, John), b. Hartford,. 
Conn., Feb. 22, 1784; m. at Norwich, Vt., 1807, Prudence Brown, b. Norwich, Vt., Nov. 
14, 1790; d. Oct. 20, 1856, in Boston, Mass. He d. Nov. 14, 1859; res. Norwich, Vt. 

3119. i. Samuel Brown, b. Jan. 28, 1817; m. Sarah Brown. 

3120. ii. William, b. June 6, 1819; m. Sophronia . 

3121. iii. Henry Joshua, b. Oct. 22, 1812; m. . 

3122. iv. Dorothy, b. Feb. 25, 1815; d. May 1, 1882. 

3123. V. Alfred, b. Mar. 6, 1821; m. Edna N. Haskell. 

3124. vi. Joseph Paul, b. Mar. 1, 1825; m. Troy G. Hope. 

3125. vii. Mary Electa, b. Feb. 6, 1828; m. John Somes, b. ; d. ;. 

m. 2d Talf ; res. Boston. She d. East Douglass, Mass., 

Jan. 8, 1885. Son John L. Somes res. 19 Florence St., Wor- 

3126. viii. Anna Weltha, b, Jan. 17, 1830; m. Frank L. Penny. She d. in 

Boston, Mar. 19, 1889, and is buried at Upham's Corners, Dor- 

3127. ix. Levi Charles, b. Jan. 6, 1832; m. Eliza Evans. 

3128. X. Lewis L., b. Jan. 6, 1824; m. Hannah H. Clapp. 

1425. Archibald Whitney (Lebbeus, Caleb, William, Joshua, John), b. May 
28, 1785; m. Aug., 1808, Marv Drennes. 

3129. i. Claudius George, b. Nov. 24, 1809. 

3130. ii. Eugenia M. A., b. Apr. 6, 1811. 

3131. iii. Elvira Martha, b. Jan. 5, 1812; m. Nov. 7, 1832, Peter J. Suder; 

d. 1852. Ch.: Martha Ann, b. ; m. C. E. Kirk; res. Colum- 
bia, S. C; Mary E., Wm. H., Geo. Y., Archibald W., Elvira 

A., Mary A. W., b. ; Peter J., Alice E., Eugenia D.; 

Everline E., Wm. A. 

3132. iv. Adalina Margaret, b. July 7, 181.3. 

3133. V. OcTAVius L., b. Mar. 22, 1815; m. Elizabeth Luther. 

3134. vi. Cornelius D., b. Dec. 26, 1816; d. young. 

3135. vii. Theodore A., b. Aug. 26, 1818; m. Sarah McC. Vandyke. 

3136. viii. Cecelia M., b. June 28, 1820. 

3137. ix. Caroline E., b. Mar. 23, 1822. 

3138. x. Cornelius G., b. Feb. 10, 1824; m. Elizabeth Burrell. 

3139. xi. Irvenia D., b. Oct. 25, 1825. 

3140. xii. Lebbeus D., b. June 20, 1827. 

3141. ' xiii. Margaret G., b. June 17, 1829. 

3142. xiv. Alonzo Geo., b. Apr. 16, 1831. 

3143. XV. Wm. D., b. June 9, 1833. 

3144. xvi. Placidia E., b. Oct. 25, 1834. 

1427. Jedediah Whitney (James R., Caleb, William, Joshua, John), b. N. Y.,. 
Mar. 3, 1782; m. May 7, 1805, Keziah Barrett; b. Sept. 25, 1786; d. Oct. 18, 1831, at 

Edenville, S. C. He d. Sept. 2, 1826; res. . 

.3145. i. Maria Austin, b. July 17, 1806; d. Sept. 22, 1807. 

3146. ii. James Barrett, b. Sept. 28, 1809; drowned at sea, Sept. 10, 1837, 

in shipwreck bet. N. Y. and N. O., La. 

3147. iii. Margaret Mary, b. Dec. 8, 1813; m. Mar. 26, 1835, William M. 

De Lorme; b. Nov. 28, 1800; d. Dec. 6, 1870, at Sumter, S. C. 
She d. Sept. 27, 1886, at Sumter. Ch.: John F. W., b. Jan. 10,. 
















1836; m. Elizabeth M. James; res. Sumter, S. C; Susan M. b 
■ Jan. 11, 1838; m. Marion L. La Far; res. Sumter; Jas. J. \V., b 
Sept. 23, 1839; d. Sept. 30, 1840; Franklin AI., b. Jan. 3. 1842 
killed Aug. 29, 1862, 2d battle Bull Run, buried on the field 
Elizabeth O. H., b. Jan. 28, 1845; m. J. C. Dove; res. Dovesville 
S. C; Charles W., b. Sept. 20, 1846; d. Sumter, Mar. 24, 1865 
Anthony W., b. July 13, 1848; d. Sept. 29, 1849; Samuel M., b 
May 24,1850; d. July 27,1850; Wm. Moultrie, b. June 28, 1851 

3148. iv. John J., b. Dec. 13, 1814; m. Frances A. Lewis. 

1428. Lebbeus Whitney (James R., Caleb, William, Joshua, John), b. Oct. 8, 
1785; m. 1808, Elizabeth Ford, b. Philadelphia, Pa., Aug. 9, 1786; d. Feb. 3, 1873. 

His parents emigrated from New York to Georgia, in 1785, and while on their 
way thither he was born at Hillsboro, N. C. When a lad he went from Georgia to 
Charlestown, S. C, and thence before his majority to Philadelphia. For many years 
he was teller in the Schuylkill Bank. In July, 1832, he moved to Port Carbon, Pa., 
and was cashier of the branch of the bank there until 1840, when he went to a farm 
near Orwigsburg, Pa., and thence to Pottsville, in 1845, where he died. He d. Sept. 
7, 1849; res. Pottsville, Pa. 

3149. i. Mary Ann, b. Aug. 24, 1810; m. Apr. 2, 1835, Oliver C. Bosbyshell. 

He d. Nov. 9, 1888. Ch.: Lebbeus W., b. May 10, 1836; d. Feb. 

1, 1886, at Philadelphia; Chas. A., b. May 10, 1836; m. Elmira Drill; 

res. Philadelphia; Oliver C, b. Jan. 3, 1839; m. Martha E. Stem; 

Supt. U. S. Mint at Philadelphia. 
Laurence Ford, b. Oct. 5, 1812; m. Hannah Pott. 
Charles A., b. Mar. 5, 1815; m. Sophia Faure. 
John F., b. Sept. 22, 1817; m. Elizabeth R. Ruckel. 
Catherine, b. Feb. 28. 1820, 
Wm. Lebbeus, b. Jan. 16, 1823; m. Ann T. Potts and Emma St. C. 

Elizabeth Ford, b. Jan. 1, 1826. 
Anna Margaret, b. Nov. 27, 1828; m. Sept. 30, 1856, Dr. Anthony 

Heger, asst. surg. U. S. Armv. He was b. Vienna, Austria, Dec. 

4, 1828. She d. Sept. 24, 1864, at Point Lookout, Md. Ch.: 

William Simcoe, b. June 17, 1857. 

1430. Rev. William Whitney (James R., Caleb, William, Joshua, John), b. 

1790, in Georgia; m. . She d. s. p. soon after marriage; m. 2d , 

Sarah Leggett. She d. 1821, at Fayette, Miss.; m. 3d, July 31, 1823, Mrs. Mary 
(Coleman) Smith; d. Jefferson Co., Miss.; m. 4th, 1831, Mrs. Henry (Witherspoon) 
King; d. Meadville, Miss., July, 1832, s. p. He d. Apr. 22, 1864; res. Georgia, Louis- 
iana, and Mississippi. Buried in Jefferson Co., in the latter state. 

3157. i. James J., b. Georgia, 1815; d. Selserstown, Miss., Aug., 1832. 

3158. ii. Caroline, b. Georgia; m. Mar., 1832, George W. Weast. She d. 

1842, at Washington, Miss., leaving William, Sarah, George, and 
one other; all are now deceased. 

3159. iii. Mary Ann, b. Mar. 3, 1820; m. Apr. 24, 1844, Absalom Spielman; 

b. Mar. 24, 1810; d. July 26, 1887, at Greenville, O.; 11 ch. 

3160. iv. Elizabeth Jones, b. Sept. 5, 1828; m. June 3, 1875, Elias B. 

Thompson; b. Apr. 4, 1820, s. p.; res. Natchez, Miss. 

3161. V. Mary, b. 1830; d. 1840, at Washington, Miss. 

1431. John Merrick Whitney (James R., Caleb, William, Joshua, John), b. 
Franklin, Ga., June 4, 1792; m. Oct. 19, 1818, Clarissa Montgomery, b. Apr. 21, 1798; 
d. June 9, 1871. He d. Nov. 18, 1867; res. Fayette, Miss. 

3162. i. Alexander M., b. Jan. 19, 1817; m. and res. in La.; was clergy- 

man in the M. E. Church. 
Wm. H., b. Aug. 15, 1818; d. Augusta, Ky., Nov. 14, 1835. 
John S., b. Apr. 19, 1820; m. Malissa A. Coleman. 
Catherine L., b. June 23, 1823; d. Fay., May 21, 1824. 
Emily, b. May 13, 1825; m. Oct. 16, 1845, Rev. Horace M. Booth, 

b. Oct. 23, 1815; 5 ch.; res. Rockport, Tex. 
Samuel F., b. Aug. 19, 1827; m. Mattie Emanuel. 
Charles W., b. Oct. 15, 1829; m. Sarah C. F. Darden. 
Catherine L., b. Dec. 12, 1831. 
















3170. ix. James J., b. Jan. 11, 1834; m. Josephine Darden. 

3171. X. \Vm. H., b. Apr. 19, 1836; d. July 28, 1841, at F. 

3172. xi. Prosper K., b. Sept. 23, 1838; m. Helen S. McCaleb. 

3173. xii. May Elizabeth, b. May 31, 1841; d. Holly Springs, Jan. 12, 1857, 

1432. Matthias Whitney (Cornelius, Matthias, Cornelius, Joshua, John), b. 
Killinglv, Conn., May 25, 1776; m. May 14, 1795, Betsey Barnes, b. 1774; d. June 12, 
1851. He d. Dec. 18, 1857; res. Mexico, N. Y. 

3174. i. Oliver C, b. Jan 31, 1806; m. Louis Grossman. 

3175. ii. Orrin, b. Dec. 27, 1795; m. Enieline Ames. 
8176. iii. Orson, b. . 

3177. iv. ORLAH.b. ; m. • . He was county judge of Oswego 

Co., N. v.; res. Mexico. 

3178. V. Laura, b. ; m. Goit. 

3179. vi. Achsah, b. . 

1433. James Whitney (Cornelius, Matthias, Cornelius, Joshua, John), b. Kill- 
ingly. Conn., Aug. 27, 1779; m. at Wells, Vt., 1800, Betsey Law, b. in 1779; d. May 
26, 1863, at Pavilion, N. Y. She m. 2d at Mexico, Luther Evarts, b. Hartford, Conn., 
Aug. 27, 1793; d. Aug. 2, 1873, at Angelica, N. Y.; was a carpenter. James was a 
carpenter. He d. Mar., 1817; res. Granville and Mexico, N. Y. 

3180. ii. Alvin L., b. Sept. 14, 1803; m. Betsey Cook. 

3181. i. Fidelia, b. Sept. 6,1801; m. Ephraim Keeler; res. La Fayette 

Station, N. Y. 

3182. iii. Chauncey B., b. 1805; m. Sophia Doolittle and Mary Ann . 

3183. iv. FiLiNDA, b. ; m. Joel Goss; res. Vernon, N. Y. 

3184. V. Luther Day, b. Mar. iB, 1810; m. Aroline Perrin; physician; res. 

Jackson and Big Rapids, Mich. 

3185. vi. ' Eliza, b. ; m. Dun; res. Covington, N. Y. 

3186. vii. James Puffer, b. Sept. 25, 1815; m. Nerissa Crittenden. 

3187. viii, Ellen E. (Evarts), b. Nov. 23, 1829; m. Spencer Franklin; res. 

29 Grove St., Bradford, Pa. 

1434. Eliphalet Whitney (Cornelius, Matthias, Cornelius, loshua, John), b. 
Granville, N. Y., Feb. 17, 1781; m. in 1805, Lucv Ellsworth; b. June" 10, 1783; d. Jan. 
1, 1874. He d. Jan. 7, 1847; res. Mexico, N. Y. ' 

3188. vi. Cyrus, b. Feb. 19, 1814; m. Jane E. Brown. 

3189. i. Horace, b. Apr. 16, 1807; m. Laura Sherman. 

3190. ii. LuciNDA, b. Aug. 12, 1J<08; d. Feb. 9, 1878. 

3191. iii. Ermina, b. Feb. 18, 1810; m. Feb., 1831, Joshua Whitney. She d. 

Mar. 19, 1851 (see elsewhere). 

3192. iv. Lyman E., b. Mar. 27, 1812; m. Jane S. Whitney. 

3193. V. Oscar F., b. Apr. 27, 1816; m. Caroline Whitney. 

3194. vi. James R., b. Mar. 6, 1818; m. Carolme Adams. 

3195. vii. Avis E.,b. Jan. 29, 1820; m. George Tilton. Ch.: Albert, b. ; 

Nellie, b. ; Frank, b. ; res. Colosse, N. Y. 

3196. viii. Henry S., b. Jan. 7, 1822; m. Harriett R. Gillett. 

3197. ix. Helen C, b. Apr. 16, 1824; m. Jan., 1848, Everett H. Gillett; res. 

Mexico, N. Y. Ch.: Ellert J., b. Nov. 27, 1848; m. Jane Car- 
penter; ch., Ethel and Gladys. 

3198. X. Lucy A., b. Nov. 18, 1826; d. Nov. 22, 1857. 

14.35. Cornelius Whitney (Cornelius, Matthias, Cornelius, Joshua, John), b. 
Granville, N. Y., Tan. 27, 1782; m. Jan. 1, 1806, Rhoda Gould, of G., b. Apr. 25, 1790; 
d. Apr., 1840. 

He resided in Killingly, Conn., in early life, but soon moved to Granville, N. Y., 
where he married. In 1816 he moved to Ontario, and in 1837 to the Ridge road, 
where he ever after lived. He served in the war of 1812. He d. June 19, 1845; res. 
Mexico and Pineville, N. Y. 

3199. i. Ebenezer Gould, b. Feb. 27, 1808; m. Maria Wickware. 

3200. ii. Silas, b. Oct. 10, 1809; m. Matilda Cross. 

3201. iii. Lucius, b. Jan. 15, 1811; m. Clarissa Ingersoll. 

3202. v. Maria, b. Feb. 16, 1816; m. Mav 15, 1838, Jesse Enos. He was 

b. Aug. 23, 1806; d. Nov. 6, 1870; res. New Haven, N. Y. She 
d. May 16, 1886. Ch.: Rufus, b. June 14, 1840; m. Jan. 6, 1867, 
Ettie Smith, and Dec. 10, 1884, Ann E. Gardner. She d. Nov. 










14, 1883; res. Mexico; Rhoda, b. May 4, 1842; d. Mar. 4, 1886; 

Rosina, b. May 19, 1845; res. Mexico; Marv, b. Mar. 1, 1848; d. 

July 20, 1868; Adelbert, b. July 16, 1851; d. Dec. 23, 1853; Brav- 

ton, b. Nov. 29, 1855; m. Oct. 13, 1880, Adella Snell; res. New 


ESECK. b. Mar. 29, 1814; m. . 

La Fayette, b. Feb. 29, 1820; m. 

Tho.mas, b. Jan. 29, 1822; m. Annie Jewel. . 

David Dixon, b. Oct. 15, 1825; res., unm., Oshkosh, Wis., 958 

Alogoina St. 
Russell, b. Mar. 23, 1828; m. Emily . He died and his 

wid. res. in Newell, la. 
Eleanor, b. July 10, 1830; m. Jerry Cole; res. Elkhorn, la. Son 

Jerry, ^larne, la. 
Oscar F., b. July 19, 1823; m. Laura W. Whitcomb. 

1440. John Whitney (Cornelius, Matthias, Cornelius, Johsua, John), b. Gran- 
ville, Washington Co., N. Y., Jan. 2, 1804; m. Mar. 4, 1827, Nancy Huntington; b. 
May 31, 1801; d. Oct. 21, 1834; m. 2d, Jan. 14, 1835. Caroline ^L Herbert; b. May 9, 
1813; d. Sept. 2. 1858; m. 3d, Mrs. Page; d. s. p. in Iowa; m. 4th, Nov. 15, 1871, Mrs. 
Elizabeth Moran; b. Dec. 15, 1811; d. in Iowa, s. p. 

John Whitney was born in Washington, N. Y. He was a farmer during his life 
and died in Cass Co., la., where he had resided a number of years, and was also one 
of its pioneers. His wife's name was Nancy Huntington, a native of New York, 
who diod in Oswego Co., that state. He d. Nov. 2, 1879; res. Oswego Co., N. Y., and 
Atlantic la 

3210. '\y2. Franklin H., b. Feb. 10, 1832; m. Elinor Graham. 

3211. xi. Alice Josephine, b. July 12, 1855; m. Sept. 15, 1875, Henry 

Shank; res. Des Moines, la. He was b. Feb. 2, 1847; is an 
undertaker. Ch.: Lulue Maude, b. Aug. 3,1876; Henry Clay- 
ton, b. and d. Mar. 27, 1878. 

3212. iii. John Adam Clark, b. Feb. 11, 1841; is a farmer; unm.; res. 

Neola, la. 

3213. iv. Celia Ann, b. Sept. 19, 1836; d. Mar. 20, 1865. 

3214. i. Frederick F., b. Aug. 27, 1828; d. Sept. 18, 1828. 

3215. ii. Noel Byron, b. Oct. 10, 1829; d. Feb. 9, 1833. 

3216. V. Albert Peck, b. Jan. 21, 1839; d. Aug. 6, 18.59. 

3217. vii. George Henry, b. Mar. 20, 1844; m. Nov., 1874, Hattie Craig; b. 

1838; d. Mar. 16, 1883. He res. Neola, la. He is deputy sov- 
ereign for the Woodmen of the World. 

3218. ix. Casper Cole, b. Sept. 17, 1849; m. . 

3219. x. Luther Day, b. July 23, 1851; m. Lettie A. Irons. 

3220. vi. Ruth MALARV.b. Apr. 17, 18.34; d. Sept. 11, 1834. 

3221. viii. Nancy Caroline, b. Oct. 7, 1846; d. Aug. 29, 1847. 

1441. Joshua Whitney (Joshua, Matthias, Cornelius, Joshua, John), b. Rutland, 
Vt., June 10, 1782; m. in Rush, N. Y., Mar. 19, 1809, Huldah Markham, b. Jan. 12, 1791 ; 
d. Oct. 3, 1878. He was a cabinetmaker and carpenter by trade. He d. Feb. 13, 
1859; res. Rutland, Vt., and Girard, Mich. 

3222. i. David Day, b. Jan. 28, 1817; m. Fanny . 

3223. ii. Wm. Markham, b. Aug. 7, 1810; m. Rosina Crow. 

3224. iii. Caroline, b. Feb. 7, 1825; m. Dec. 29, 1846, John G. Frounfelter; 

res. 29 Pierce St., Coldwater, Mich. He was b. May 2.3, 1822; d. 
Apr. 28, 1847. Ch.: John F., b. Oct. 3, 1847; d. June, 1869. 

3225. iv. Phebe, b. Nov. 29, 1812; d. Dec, 1885. 

3226. v. Lydia Lavina, b. Jan. 2, 1815; m. 1831, Dailey; res. How- 

eoge, N. Y. 

3227. vi. Huldah, b. July 6, 1820; m. 1849, Adams; res. Coldwater, 


3228. vii. Almira, b. 1827; d. 1850. 

3229. viii. Joshua, b. 1829; d. 1851. 

3230. ix. Jane Allen, b. Mar. 25, 1832; res. Cottage Grove, Ore. 

1457. Calvin Whitney (David, Matthias, Cornelius, Joshua, John), b. Canada; 
m. Heltha Scott; m. 2d, Caroline Conkline; m. od, Isabella Harrison. He d. in 
Canada; res. Prescott, Ontario. 


3231. i. A.MARiLLA, b. Jan. 16, 3237. vii. Calvin, b. . 

1836. 3238. viii. Marv Elizabeth, b. . 

3232. ii. Frances Maria, b. 3239. ix. James Harvey, b. 

3240. X. Martin Luther, b. 

3233. iii. John, b. . 3241. xi. Geo. Jacob, b. 

3234. iv. LiCY.b. Oct. 1,1840. 3242. xii. Thomas, b. . 

3235. V. Sarah M., b. . 3243. xiii. Anna Jane, b. 

3236. vi. Caroline, b. — - — . 3244. xiv. Charlotte, b. 









1465. Warren Whitney (Samuel, Matthias, Cornelius, Joshua, John), b. Dec, 
6, 1805, in Eastford, Conn.; m. Diana R. Johnson; d. July 17, 1872. He d. Sept. 7 
1885; res. Eastford, Conn. 

3245. i. Lorenzo Milo, b. Nov. 5, 1828; m. Esther M. Moore. 

1467. Benja.min Cadv Whitney (Cornelius, Joshua, Cornelius, Joshua, John)' 
b. Conn. Apr. 14, 17>^8; m. Feb. 16, 1820, Betsey Marchant; b. Nov. 27, 1792; d. Nov 
5, 1887, at Jamestown, N. Y. Was a farmer. He d. Pcrtageville, N. Y., Apr. 2, 1859; 
res. Conesus, N. Y. 

3246. 1. Deborah Maria, b. Jan. 9, 1822; m. Oct. 23, 1839, William Tur- 
ner; 2 ch., both adopted; res. Battle Creek, Mich. 

DvANE, b. Nov. 25, 1824; m. Sarah Augusta Waldo. 

Orlando H., b. Autr. 22, 1826; m. Marv C. Lemmon. 

Wm. Rodney, b. Sept. 21, 1830; m. 1857; d. s. p. Jan. 21, 1868. 

LrciA Amelia, b. Dec. 31, ls34; m. Oct. 12, 18.54, George W. 
Tew; res. 413 Main St., Jamestown, N. Y. He was b. Jan. 6, 
1832. Ch.: Georgia Lucia, b. Aug. 10, 1873; m. Oct. 26, 1893, 
George Persons; res. lamestown; Herbert Whitnev. b. Apr. 8, 
1861; m. 29, 1886, Cora Sheldon; res. J. 

3251. vi. Laira Parker, b. Jan. 15, 182-; d. unm. at Jamestown, June 25, 


3252. vii. John J., b. Aug. 11, 1837; m. Agnes Revnolds Tew. 

3253. viii. Mary Adaline, b. Feb. 24, 1832; d. Sept. 8, 1851. 
32.54. ix. Adeline, b. ; d. Oct. 23, 1824. 

1471. Sidney Whitney (Cornelius, Joshua, Cornelius, Joshua, John), b. Gran- 
ville, N. Y., Oct. 21, 1801; m. at West Walworth, Dec. 25, 1827. Caroline Palmer; b. 
May 6, 1811. He was a farmer. He d. Julv 20, 1874; res. Ontario, N. Y. 

3265. i. Nathan P.,b. Dec. 3, 1831; m. Jan. 1, 1862, Orilla Gould; d. s. p. 

Sept. 6,1876; res. Ontario, N. Y. He was accidentally killed 
while taking his gun from a wagon. 

3266. ii. Oscar Eugene, b. July 19,1828; m. Apr. 15, 1873, Libbie Hooker 

at West Walworth. She was b. 1847; res. s. p. Union Hill, N. Y 
Is a farmer. 

3257. iii. Adeline Matilda, b. Oct. 11, 1829; res. Union Hill, N. Y. 

3258. iv. George C, b. Oct. 17,1833; d. Mav 30, 1835. 

3259. V. George Cornelius, b. Jan. 29, 18^9; d. Apr. 30, 1842. 

1479. William Whitney (Joseph, Joshua, Cornelius, Joshua, John), b. Gran 
ville, N. Y., Dec. 7, 1798; m. there Aug. 22, 1822, Deborah M.'Duel; b. Dec. 12, 1801; 
d. Dec. 25, 1869. 

William Whitney, third son of Joseph Whitney, born in Granville, N. Y., Dec. 7, 
1798; reared a farmer. Married Deborah "SI. Duel, daughter of Ezra Duel, of the 
same place, and granddaughter of Archibald Stark, brother of John Stark; moved to 
Ontario, N. Y., in 1827, at a time when that region was little better than a wilderness; 
purchased a farm from Richard Sutfin, with only sufficient of the heavy timber 
cleared away to make a beginning for a home, and at a time when "ague and chill 
fever" prevailed so generally that there were not well people enough in all that 
country to care for the sick. There he lived and reared his family; but, after his 
children had gone out from the parental roof, seeking homes of their own, he sold his 
farm and moved to Lincoln, in the adjoining town of Walworth, where his wife died 
Dec. 25, 1869, and he Sept. 1, 1872. In politics he was a Whig till the organization 
of the Republican party, which he naturally affiliated with; in religion, a Baptist. He 
d. Sept. 1, 1872; res. Ontario and Walworth, N. Y. 

3260. i. Milo, b. Mav 4, 1823; res. Utan, Neb. 

3261. ii. Vernelea, b. July 2, 1825; m. July 9, 1848, Sumner Fitts. She d 

Dec. 3, 1860, leaviag one son Edgar, who has since died. 



■ vi. 





3262. iii. Maria D., b. July 8, 1880; m. Sept. 2, 1851, Nelson A. Fitts; res. 

Rochester, N. V. 
3263 iv. LORON M., b. Aug. 22, 1838; m. Aug. 22, 1860, Frances Elvira 

Rogers; b. Sept. 16, 1883. She d. s. p. May 7, 1887. He res. at 

Carlo, O. 

3264. V. Lewis, b. Mar. 23, 1836; d. Oct. 22. 1858. 

3265. vi. Mary A., b. Apr. 18, 1889; m. and d. 

3266. vii. Lucv, b. June 6, 1841 ; d. Mar. 12, 1844. 

3267. viii. Franxes F., b. Apr. 16, 1847; d. Mar. 7, 1857. 

3268. ix. William M., b. Sept. 28, 1828; m. Sarah L. Clark and Lois 

Spencer Colton Morgan. 

1484. Sylvester Whitney (Matthias, Joshua, Cornelius, Joshua, John), b. 
Hancock, Mass., Aug. 14, 1785; m. at Granville, N. Y., Laura Yale, b. Wallingford, 
Conn., 1795; d. Feb. 26, 1865, at Batavia, N. Y. He d. Feb. 25, 1855; res. Riga, 
Batavia, and Oakfield, N. Y. 

3269. i. Mary, b. Aug. 13, 181 1 ; m. Woodhull. 

3270. ii. Sylvester, b. Feb. 13. 1813; res. Akron, N.Y. 

3271. iii. Almira, b. Mar. 28, 1815; m. William Wolcott; res. Oakfield, N. 

Y.; a son, Wm. L. Walcott, res. Oakfield. 

3272. iv. Celestia, b. June 8, 1817; m. Starkweather. 

3273. v. Laura, b. Aug. 25, 1819; m. Oct. 22, 1840, John Martin; res. 

Akron, X. Y. He was b. Johnstown, N. Y., Feb. 5, 181U; d. Dec. 

24, 1824; was a farmer. Ch.: George E., Oakfield, N. Y., b. July 
■ 25, 1841; John S., Oakfield, N. Y., b. Apr. 9, 1844; Hiram N., 

Batavia, N. Y., b. Apr. 24, 1849; Wallace S., Newstead, N. Y., 

b. June 17, 1854; Edwin E., Newstead, N. Y., b. June 11, 1860; d. 

Aug. 8, 1860; Minnie C, Newstead, N. Y., b. Sept. 12, 1862; 

address, Akron, Erie Co., N. Y. 
Matilda, b. Apr. 11, 1822; m. Samuel Knickerbocker. 
Nelson, b. Mar. 11, 1826; m. Ellen F. Miller. 
Silas, b. Apr. 2, 1828; m. Mary J. Bogart. 

1488. John Whitney (Matthias, Joshua, Cornelius, Joshua, John), b. Mar. 7, 1798, 
in Hancock, Mass.; m. there Christana Stafford. He was a civil engineer, which 
profession he followed with surveying. He was also an extensive farmer. Res. Han- 
cock, Mass. 

3277. i. John W., b. ; a son John res. Highland, Mich. 

3278. ii. Levina E., b. . 3279. iii. Caroline S., b. . 

8280. iv. WiLLARD S., b. Sept. 27, 1821; m. Mary Ann Whitney, Mary Ann 

Butman, and Mary Jane Raymond. 

8281. v. Irene D., b. ; unm.; res. Petoskev, Mich. 

3282. vi. Christaing M.,b. . 8283. vii. ' Celestia E., b. . 

3284. viii. Matthias S., b. ; res. Rochester, N. Y. 

3285. ix. Julius S., b. Apr. 9, 1830; m. Jennie E. Partridge and Lucy A. 


3286. X. Andrew N., b. ; res. Lansing, Mich. 

3287. xi. Louisa L.,b. . 3288. xii. Douglass G., b. . 

1489. Matthias Whitney (Matthias, Joshua, Cornelius, Joshua, John),b. Han- 
cock, Mass., Oct. 3, 1794; m. Aug. 23, 1849, Rebecca B. Otis; b. June 8, 1820. He was 
a farmer; was a soldier in the war of 1812. He d. Dec. 19, 1877; res. West Gran- 
ville, N. Y. 

3289. i. Sarah Davy, b. Feb. 27, 1852; m. Feb. 18, 1872, William Ward. 

She d. Oct. 12, 1891, leaving 4 ch.: Helen M., Willard, Otis 
Sardis, and Betsev Rebecca. Res. Ft. Ann, N. Y. 

3290. ii. Mary Lawrence,!). Dec. 3, 1854; m. Sept. 7, 1876, James Race; 

res. W. G. Ch.: \'ernon Whitney, b. Sept 19, 1877; Mary Law- 
rence, b. Sept. 12, 18^0. 

1490. William Graves Whitney (Rufus, Joshua, Cornelius, Joshua, John), 
b. Granville, N. Y., bept. 16, 1800; m. Feb. 16, 1820, Lydia Marchant, b. Apr. 28, 
1803, d. Feb., 1883. He was a farmer. He d. Feb. 18, 1859; res. Granville, Warsaw, 
and Wiscoy, N. Y. 

3291. i. William G.,b. May 19, 1837; m. Sylvia J. Baker. 

3292. ii. E M.,b. Sept. 19, 1827; m. Laura A. Pride. 


3293. iii. Allen F., b. Apr. 28, 1^33; m. Calista C. Durver. 

3294. iv. Morris W.,b. May 31, 1^44; d. July 10, 1848.' 

1491. Chauncey Parker Whitney (Joshua, Joshua, Cornelius, Joshua, John), 
b. Feb. 11, 1789; m. Mar. 10, 1811, Sally Edson. He d. Apr. is, 1864; res. Aurelius 
and Livonia, N. Y. 

3295. i. Chauncey Edson, b. Mar. 24, 1812; m. Oct. 16, 1831, Minerva 

Howe; res. Livonia, X. Y. 

1493. Willard Washington Whitney (Joshua, Joshua, Cornelius, Joshua, 
John), b. Mar. 10, 1810; m. Oct. 6, 1831, Laura Wheeler Pearsall, at Troy, Mich. She 
m. 2d, ■ Philbrick; res. Los Gatos.Cal. 

He was born in New York state, moved to Avon, Oakland Co., Mich.; owned 
and conducted a large farm, and died when only 28 years of age. He d. Feb. 22, 
1838; res. Avon, Mich. 

3296. i. Clark J., b. July 12, 1832; m. Eleanor M- Van Deventer. 

3297. ii. Marlin Enos, b. Mar. 20, 1835; d. Nov. 22, 1862. 

3298. iii. Willard W., Jr., b. Sept. 10, 1838; m. Elizabeth P. Fairbank. 

1494. Capt. Asa Whitney (Joshua, Joshua, David, Joshua, John), b. Canaan 
Conn., Feb. 23, 1784; m. there Mar. 11, 1806, Betsey Childs; b. Groton, June, 1782; d' 
Apr. 16, 1836. 

He was born in Connecticut and moved to Oswego Co., X. Y., in 1807. He was 
the first man that began clearing up a farm in the town of \'olney. Was captain in 
the state militia and served in the war of 1812. Participated in the battle of Oswego 
and at other places along the northern lakes. He resided in \'olney twenty-six 
years. In 1830 he sold his farm and moved to the town of Penfield, in Monroe 
county, state of New York, where he remained four years, then sold his farm; in 1835 
moved to Silver Creek, Chautauqua county, X. Y., bought a farm and kept a public 
house twenty years; then retired to private life. He. d. May 18, 1860; res. Silver 
Creek X Y 

3299. 'i. William C, b. Oct. 7, 1807; d. unm. Julv, 1832. 

3300. ii. Adaline, b. Oct. 11, 1809; m. in 1^40 and d. s. p. 

3301. iii. Charlotte, b. Dec. 17,1816; m. 1835, Beatty; res. Toledo, 

Ohio. She d. 1876, leaving one dau. Mrs. Bertha Boschert; 
res. T. 

3302. iv. Edward B., b. Feb. 7, 1819; m. Eliza A. Homan. 

1495. Noah Ashley Whitney (Joshua, Joshua, David, Joshua, John), b. Salis- 
bury, Conn., Dec. 26, 1770; Lanesboro, Mass., Oct. 26, 1796, Olive Dorwin;b. Lanes- 
boro, Oct. 13, 1777; d. Feb. 22, 1817; m. 2d, July 10, 1817, Mrs. Elizabeth Rose, b. 
^; d. Sept., 1834. 

He was born in Salisbury, Litchfield county. Conn., but early moved to Lanes- 
borough, Mass., where he was married. For many years he was in the iron business, 
but during the latter part of his life was a farmer. He d. Xov., 1834; res. Pittsfield, 
Mass., Oswego Falls, X. Y., and Toledo, O. 

Thomas Porter, b. May 20, 1801 ; m. Sybil H. Green. 
XoAH Ashley, b. Julv 11, 1799; m. three times. 
Harriett, b. Mar. 9, 1814; m. Jan. 19, li;<34, Samuel L. Collins; 
res. Toledo, O., cor. Detroit and Cherry Sts. He was b. Apr. 
4, 1805; d. Feb. 2, 1889; was in the mercantile business and real 
estate. Ch.: Harriett, b. Apr. 28, 1835; m. Edward X. Perry, of 
Woodstock, Conn., in 1856; Daniel Augustus, b. Aug. 31, 1837; 
m. Eva B. Terry, of Waterville, X. Y., in 1866; Annie, b. 
26, 1850; d. the same year; Ashlev, b. July 10, 1842; d. in infancv. 

3306. iv. LARANiA,b. Aug. 17, 1797; d. in Pittsfield, Sept. 30, 1798. 

3307. V. Mary Ann, b. Sept. 5, 1803; m. Cone. She d. Apr. 16, 1869. 

Ch.: Noah A., b. ; res. Auburndale, O. 

3308. vi. Milton Dorwin, b. Sept. 22, 1805; m. . He d. May 29, 

1839, at Port Lawrence, O.; a dau. m. Ambrose Cone; res. 
Sylvania, O. 

3309. vii. Sally, b. June 16, 1807; d. Sept. 21, 1808. 

3310. viii. Marriett, b. Mar. 7, 1809; d. Mar. 24, 1809. 

3311. ix. Augustus, b. Sepf. 17, 1811; d. unm. at Oswego Falls, N. Y.,Sept. 
17, 1837. 

3312. X. Anna Elizabeth, b. Dec. 1, 1818; d. Sept. 5, 1842. 

3313. xi. Joshua, b. Jan. 30, 1821 ; d. Aug. 6, 1826. 








1497. Joshua Whitney (Joshua, Joshua, David, Joshua, John), b. Jan. 4, 1777, in 
Canaan, Conn.; m. in Pittsfield, Mass., May 20, 1798, Eunice Clark; b. July 6, 1773; 
d. Dec. 31, 1838. 

He was born in Canaan, Conn. Soon after his marriage, with his father, Joshua, 
and his eldest brother, he engaged in the manufacture of iron, which was largely 
made into anchors, and also in mercantile business. After the death of his father he 
remained on the farm and cared for his mother. He d. Apr. 9, 1849; res. Pitlstield, 
Mass., and Toledo, O. 


Clark, b. 1799; d. 

Sophia, b. 1801; d. 1838. 

Caroline, b. Feb. 28, 1803; m. Aug. 30, 1824, Ira Belden. She d. 
in 1882. He was b. Dec. 23, 1802; d. Sept., 1891. Ch.: Mrs. N. 
S. Ganson, b. Aug. 30, 1826; address, 396 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, 
N. Y.; O. W., b. Mar. 9, 1829; d. Mar. 10, 1876; Chas. W., b. 
Julv 2, 1835, 106 Dearborn St., Chicago, 111.; Carrie E.Adams, 
b. Feb. 4, 1838. Grand Rapids, Mich.;^ F. W., b. May 8, 1841. 

3317. iv. Geo. W., b. Feb. 22, 1805; m. Juliette Tyler Colt, Mary Keyes, and 

Mrs. Mary Chapel. 

3318. V. James S., b. Apr. 6, 1807; m. Eliza Neff. 

3319. vi. Ann Maria, b. Oct. 11, 1812; m. Oct. 25, 1831, Josiah B. Beckwith; 

b. Feb. 8, 1805; d. May 28, 1889. He was a hardware dealer; 
res. Cleveland, O. Ch.: Frances Martha, b. May 28,1833; m. 

Bostwick; res. Medina, O.; Mary Sophia, b. Jan. 2, 1840; 

m. Gerry; res. St. Paul, Minn.; Fred'k Root, b. July 1, 

1845; res. Cleveland, O. 

3320. vii. Frances Elvira, b. Aug. 4, 1816; m. Oct. 7, 1836, Dr. Blakesley 

H.Bush; b. Mar. 25,1808; d. Aug. 28, 1873. Ch.: Frances C. 
Haughton, b. Dec. 25, 1838; m. Aug. 3, 1863; address, Toledo, O.; 
Elizabeth A. Bishop, b. Feb. 20. 1844; m. Oct. 30, 1872; address, 
Auburndale, O.; Maria P. Schansenbach, b. June 18, 1846; m. 
Feb. 27, 1873; d. Feb. 27, 1881; lived in Ogden, Utah; children 
there now. 

1507. Shubael Whitney (Asa, Joshua, David, Joshua, John), b. Preston, Conn., 
Aug. 15, 1772; m. in Groton, Conn., Sarah Mitchell, b. May 10, 1776; d. Oct. 16, 1855. 
She was the daughter of Mr. Geo. Mitchell, of Maryland, who was born in Scot- 
land, and who went north with Gen. Washington, with whom he served as aid-de- 
camp. His wife was Content Allen, of New London, Conn. He was killed at the 
time of the Revolutionary war at White Plains, N. Y. He d. Sept. 5, 1852; res. Groton, 
Conn., and Wadsworth, O. 

3321. i. George W., b. Mar. 23, 1817; m. Althea F. Beebe. 

3322. ii. Angelina, b. ; m. J. Lloyd Brooke and John Beach. Ch.: 

Henrietta, m. Frank M. Wolcott; res. Weeping Water, Neb.; 
Luman, res. Seattle, Wash. 

3323. iii. Joshua, b. Jan. 1, 1800; m. Lydia Palmer and . 

3324. iv. Lucy Aver, b. Nov. 16, 1822; m. June 18, 1845, Clement Wright, 

b. Mar. 15, 1822; res. Tallmadge, O. He is a merchant. Ch.: 
Geo. Mitchell, b. Aug. 8, 1^47; m. Lucv J. Hale; res. Tallmadge, 
O.; Charlotte Adella, b. Dec. 3. 1849; d. Sept. 20.1851; Clara 
Whitney, b. Mar. 21, 1853; d. Aug. 31, 1854. George Mitchell 
Wright was born in Tallmadge Township, Summit County, O. 
He was educated at the public schools and Tallmadge Academy, 
and at Western Reserve College, but left college early in the 
course. Studied law for two years and a half at Akron, O., with 
Hon. Sidney Edgerton (ex-chief justice of Idaho, and ex-gov- 
ernor of Montana), and Hon. Jacob A. Kohler (late attorney- 
general of Ohio); was admitted to the bar in Ohio, June 16, 
1873; practiced Inw at Akron, O., continuously from that time 
until August, 1882, being for several years in partnership with 
Hon. Henry McKinney (who was afterward a common pleas 
judge of Cuyahoga County, O.) For several years, while study- 
ing and practicing law, pursued studies in geology, lithology, 
mineralogy, chemistry, and physics; was appointed assistant 
geologist, United States Geological Survey, August, 1882; 
engaged in geological field work in Nevada and California dur- 








ing field season of 1882, on scientific staff of Division of the 
Great Basin, U. S. G. S.; stationed at headquarters of this divis- 
ion, at Salt Lake City, Utah, during winter of 1882-88; trans- 
ferred to scientific staff of Yellowstone National Park Division, 
U. S. G. S., June, 1883; during field seasons of 1883, 1884, and 1885, 

engaged in geological field work in 
. . ., . Yellowstone National Park, and in 

, ■ Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, and, 

during the winters of these years, sta- 
tioned at New York City, N. Y., and 
Washington, D. C, for study and sci- 
entific investigations; specialties in 
geological work and investigations, the 
study of volcanic and crystalline rocks, 
and problems of volcanology, and also 
some special work in glacial geol- 
ogy and general surface geology; re- 
signed as assistant geologist, U. S. G. 
S., June 80, 1886, and resumed practice 
of law at Akron, O., where he has con- 
tinued in active practice since that 
time. Mr. Wright was commissioned second lieutenant in the 
First Regiment of Light Artillery, Ohio National Guard, June 
21, 1892, the only organized regiment of light artillery in the 
United States at the present time (1895). He is a member of 
the Philosophical Society of Washington, D. C; an associate 
member of the Military Service Institution of the United States, 
and also of the United States Cavalry Association. He is also 
a member of the Society of the Sons of the American Revolu- 
tion, and of the Alpha Delta Phi college fraternity. He has 
long taken and continues to take great interest in military 
affairs, and has contributed articles on military subjects to The 
Jou7-nal of the United States A rtz7/ery (Fonress Monroe, \'a.) 
and The Journal of the Military Service Institution (Governor's 
Island, New York harbor). Mr. Wright was married at Akron, 
O., Oct. 18, 1876, to Lucy Josephine Hale (born March 14, 1854). 
the third daughter of James Madison Hale and Sarah Allen, his 
wife. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Wright (all born at Tall- 
madge, O.) are: Clement Hale Wright, born July 4, 1082; Allen 
Whitnev Wright, born July 17, 1889; and George Maltby 
Wright,' born June 24, 1892. 

Asa, b. Mar. 14, 1797; m. Monroe and Mrs. Catherine 

Moore Campbell. 

Ann, b. ; d. Nov. 8, 1849. 

Sarah, b. ; m. Reuben Dewey. She d. Nov. 4, 1860. Ch.: 






Joshua, George, Shubael, Edward, Harris. 

, b. . 

, b. . 8830. X. , b. . 

Clara, b. ; m. Munson S. Robinson; res. Diamond Springs, 

Cal. She d. s. p. 
Elizabeth, b. ; m. Dr. Hanson Hard. She d. Oct. 10, 1850. 

1509. Appleton Downer Whitney (.\sa, Joshua, David, Joshua, John), b. 
Salisbury, Conn., Jan. 4, 1779; m. Esther Jewett; m. 2d Dolly Wyman; d. Sinclair- 
ville, N. Y., Jan. 8, 1878. He d. Jan. 16, 1851 ; res. Pittsfield, Mass., and Berea, O. 
3833. i. Geo. Ransom, b. Mar. 14, 1801; m. Harriett M. Bronson. 

3884. ii. Martha Cleveland, b. in Pittsfield, Jan. 1, 1818; m. in New 
Lebanon, N. Y., Sept. 23, 1884; Robert Temple Shaw; res. Sin- 
clairville, N. Y. He was b. Jan. 23, 1814; d. Apr. 9, 1859. 
Farmer. Ch.: Francis Eugene, b. Nov. 19, 1840; m. Aug. 5, 1879; 
address, Dunkirk N. Y.; Henry Appleton, b. Dec. 15, 1842; d. 
Nov. 23, 1846; Gideon Wheeler, b. June 25, 1845; m. Sept. 8, 
1874; address, Sinclairville, N. Y.; Laura Helen, b. Nov. 8, 1847; 
m. July 24, 1866; address, Sinclairville, N. Y. 
3835. iii, Albert A., b. Dec. 10, 1811; m. Jenette Brown. 












1513. MiLTOX Whitney (Asa, Joshua, David, Joshua, John), b. Pittsfield, Mass., 
Apr. 7, 1786; m. there Jan. 8, 1809, Lydia Cleveland, b. Sept. 18, 1786; d. Pittsfield, O., 
Aug. 23, 1869. 

Milton Whitney was born in Pittsfield, Mass., where his children were all born. 
In 1830 he moved to Ohio, became a large land owner and prominent business man. 
He d. Sept. 4, 1839; res. Pittsfield, Mass., and Pittsfield, O. 

3336. i. Asa Watrovs, b. Jan. 11, 1810; m. Mary A. Wightman. 

3337 ii. Clarissa Weller, b. Mar. 2, 1813; m. Hiram Humphrey. She 

d. Dec. 28, 1879; had 7 ch. 
3338. iii. Welthy Ann, b. May 12. 1815; m. July 6, 1835, Lorenzo Wads- 
worth. He was b. Becket, Mass., Aug. 27, 1813; d. Sept. 26, 
1869. Was a prominent citizen. She d. Apr. 8, 1851. Ch. 
Frank, b. Oct. 14, 1838; m. Ella Leonard; res. Wellington, O. 
Frances Mary, b. Sept. 3, 1843; m. Wrn. Babcock; res. Marshall, 
Oliver W., b. Feb. 23, 1817; m. Esther Rising. 
Silas D., b. Mar. 3, 1820; m. Electa \. Parsons. 
Chas. Henry, b. Apr. 6, 1824; m. Elvira Sheldon. 
Fred'k Centre, b. June 15, 1828; unm.; res. Pittsfield, O. 
Chauncv, b. Apr. 29, 1811; d. Mar. 21, 1812. 

1519. David Whitney (Samuel, Solomon, David, Joshua, John), b. Chittenden 
Co., Vt., Mar. 4, 1796; m. in Almond, X. Y., Mar. 19, 1823, Margaret Karr, b. Oct. 28, 
1800; d. Sept. 10,1887. 

David Whitney was left alone as to near relatives at the age of 18 years. He 
carried a musket at the battle of Platsburg banks in 1812, being then 16 years old. 
He left A'ermont when 18 years old and settled down in Allegany Co., N. Y., as a 
farmer. By hard work became the. owner of a good farm and the head of a family. 
Sold out and moved west in 1836, with wife and five children. Purchased and put 
under improvements a half section of land, at the same time doing considerable in 
stock raising. Sold out in Ohio in 1856 and settled in Olmsted Co., Minn., where he 
put a nice farm under good improvements. Sold out again in 1870, and bought in 
Jasper Co., Mo., where he lived as farmer until his death, 1876. He d, Nov. 10, 1876; 
res. Almond, X. Y., and Scotland, Mo. 

3344. i. Lucy, b. Mar. 10, 1824; m. Jan. 3, 1842, John Bamber. She d. Oct. 

16, 1855. He was b. Nov. 1, 1814; res. Clallam Bay, Wash. Ch.: 
Archie, b. Mar. 21, 1843; address Rochester, Minn.; Mary L., b. 
June 17, 1849; m. J. H. Marlette, Sept. 6, 1862; address Clallam 
Bay, Wash.; Thad S., b. June 22, 1849; address Ruby City, 

3345. ii. Samuel, b. Nov. 19, 1828; d. Apr. 2, 1851. 

3346. iii. Matilda, b. Apr. 7, 1832; m. Jan. 1, 1852, Henry O. Xearing; 

res. Tontogany, O. He was b. Dec. 14, 1827; farmer; s. p. 

3347. iv. Charles, b. Jan. 30, 18:34; m. Orrilla Paine. 

8;:{48. V. Caroline, b. Dec. 12, 1836; m. Dec. 12, 1856, O. J. Snvder; res. 
Clallam Bay, Wash. She d. Mar. 21, 1876. He was b' Sept. 23, 
1828; d. Mar. 12. 1862; was a farmer. Ch.: O. A., b. Oct. 22, 
1857; m. Nov. 20, 1877; res. Scotland, Mo.; John C., b. July 5, 
1860; d. Oct. 27, 1867. 

3349. vi. John, b. Feb. 16, 1841; d. Mar. 21, 1876. 

3850. vii. Ann, b. Sept. 6, 1825; d. June 15, 18:34. 

3351. viii. Maria, b. Sept. 6, 1829; d. Oct. 28, 1835. 

1520. RuFUS Whitney (Tarball, Solomon, David, Joshua, John), b. Dec. 18, 
1796, in Poultney, Vt.; m. Mav 19, 1839, Laura Maria Picket, b. Oct. 8, 1819. He d. 
Jan. 22, 1861; res. Almond, X! Y. 

3:352. i. Albert Russell, b. Sept. 19, 1840; m. Sarah Treat. He served 

in the Union army in the war of 1861, was captured by the rebels 
and died from disease contracted in Andersonville prison pen 
while on his way home, Xov. 5, 1864. Had a son, Lewis R., who 
at one time res. at Almond. 

3353. ii. Edwin Henry, b. Sept. 21, 1842; m. Adelia Perry. 

1521. Williams Whitney (Tarball, Solomon, David, Joshua, John), b. Hunt- 
ington, Pa., Apr. 2:3, 1802; m. Hornellsville, X. Y., Nov. 23, 1823, Louisa Allen, b. 



Springfield, Yt., Apr. 5, 1808; d. Burns, X. Y., Sept. 3, 1886. He was a farmer and 
with his wife is buried in Hope Cemetery in Almond. Was member of the Baptist 
church. He d. Aug. 'S, 1880; res. Almond, N. Y. 




Lawren'CE T., b. Sept. 14, 1827; m. Josephine Barber, 
i. John Allen, b. Dec. 14, 1829; m. Diantha Fuller, 
ii. Sarah Louisa, b. July 18, 1836; m. at Howard Flats, X. Y., Apr. 
2, 1856, Joshua S. Moore, a shoemaker, b. Apr. 8, 1880; d. Xov. 
12, 1870. Ch.: Emma Josephine, b. Hartsville, Oct. 20, 1857; m. 
John Hartnett, Aug. 1," 1880, a farmer; Fred, b. Dec. 13, 1865; 
killed Apr. 3, 1891, at Vandalia, head brakeman; head end col- 
lision; buried Hornellsville cemetery; unm. She m. 2d, Dec. 23, 
1891, Francis M. Jaynes, a blacksmith; res. Burns, X. Y. 

iv. Adelaide A'irginia, b. Nov. 3, 1844; m. Mar. 2, 1862, John A. 
Gload, b. July 8, 1884; d. Jan. 8, 1878; m. 2d, Xov. 10, 18"79, Rev. 
John Bezoni.'b. May 17, 1853; res. Latham, Mo. Ch.: Williams 
A., b. Apr. 27, 1864; m. Oct. 21,1891; res. 5759 Chamberlain Ave., 

St. Louis, Mo.; Emma L., b. Feb. 27,1866; m.Oct.6, 1884, — 

Carson; res. Elreno, Okla.; J. Frank, b. Dec. 18, 1868; m. 
Oct. 9, 1890; res. Lebanon, Mo.; Adelaide F., b. Feb. 16, 1871; 
res. Latham, Mo.; Georgia, b. June 8, 1875; res. Latham, Mo.; 
Joseph W., b. Dec. 4, 1877; d. Mar. 31, 1878; Charles Arthur, b. 
Aug. 19, 1880; Homer A., b. May 13, 1882; Ethel V., b. June 8, 

v. Mercy Fidelia, b. Aug. 1, 1832; d. Feb. 12, 1859. 

1522. Capt. Ami Whitney (Tarball, Solomon, David, loshua, John i, b. July 28, 
1793; m. Xov. 9, 1815, Rachel Osgood, b. Swanzey, X. H.,"May 22,' 1797; d.'May 4, 
1865, s. p. He served during the war, and at its close was captain in the X. Y. state 
militia. Has held many offices in the gift of his townsmen; res. Almond, X. Y. 

1524. Solomon Whitney (Tarball, Solomon, David, Joshua, Tohni, b. Apr. 29, 
1790, Poultney, \'t.; m. July 4,1818, Sarah A. Haskins, b.'Dec. 15," 1798; d. July 24, 
1834. He was a farmer. He d. Xov. 26, 1848; res. Almond, X. Y., and \'an 
Buren, Ind. 

8359. i. Ami, b. July 28, 1815; m. Elizabeth Ferguson and Caroline 

3360. ii. Temperance, b. Jan. 4, 1818; d. Aug. 6, 1822, from burns caused 

by her clothing taking fire. 
3861. iii. AsENATH, b. June 2, 1820; m. Aug. 1, 1839, Stephen Ketchum; res. 
Primrose, Wis. She d. Mar. 28, 1886. Stephen Ketchum was 
b. Oct. 29, 1818; d. Aug. 24, 1856, from the effect of being 
kicked in the bowels by a horse, only living about twenty min- 
utes after being injured. This occurred at Van Buren, Ind. 
Stephen and Asenath had nine ch.: Edwin S., b. Sept. 28, 1840; 
Albert, b. July 25, 1842; d. July 17, 1846; George, b.Oct. 16,1844; 
d. at Madison, Wis., with the measles shortly after enlisting in 
a Wis. volunteer regt. during the Rebellion; Ann Eliza, b. Dec. 
27, 1846; Hubert, b. May 7, 1848; Loren L. and Lawrence L., 
twins, were b. Dec. 28, 1850; Loren res. Madison, Wis.; Ami 
Whitney, b. Aug. 13, 1854; d. Dec. 10, 1878; was murdered at 
Plumb Creek, Xeb. 

3362. iv. Sarah Ann, b. July 9, 1823; m. Xov. 12, 1844, Rev. Caleb H. Blanch- 

ard; res. Wolcottville, Ind. He is a Baptist clergymaii, and for 
fifty years has preached to one congregation — quite an honorary 
record for a country pastor. He was b. Dec. 11, 1817, in Rut- 
land, Co., Yt. Is s. p. They celebrated their golden wedding 
Nov. 12, 1894. 

3363. v. Solomon, b. Mar. 22, 1827; m. Sarah Struble and Mrs. Selena 


3364. vi. RuFUS, b. Sept. 28, 1829; m. Lodema Bartle. 

1526. John Whitney (Solomon, Solomon, David, Joshua, John), b. Poultney, 
Vt.,Sept. 1, 1791; m. there Sally Hollenbeck. He was a farmer and died in Poultney, 
s. p. 


15'^8. Solomon Whitney (Solomon, Solomon, David, Joshua, John), b. Poult- 
ney, Vt., June 4, 1793; m. there in 1818, Nancy Hurlbut; b. in 1798; d. Oct. 28, 1856. 

He settled in Poultney, \t., where his children were born. He learned the tan- 
ner's trade, followed it, carrying on shoemaking until he was between sixty and seventy 
years of age; also he had a' farm. His son Newton concluded to go west after stay- 
ing with him until he Vvas past thirty years, and they sold out and went west in 1855. 
He lived to be eighty-two years, and was buried in Deep River, la. He d. Jan. 13, 
1876; res. Poultney, \'t., and Deep River, la. 

3365. i. Albert, b. Jan. 14, 1820; m. Marv Marshall. 

3366. ii. Newton, b. Sept. 26, 1822; m. Catherine Dillon. 

3367. iii. Mary Jane, b. Mar. 16, 1824; m. May 13, 1850, R. F. Hendee; res. 

Webster, N. Y. He was b. Oct. 18, 1823. Ch.: Newton L., b. 
Oct. 6, 1853; lives in Webster, N. Y.; Lorin A., b. Apr. 14, 1855; 
res. Charlotte, Mich.; Alice M. (Webster), b. May 16, 1857; Rob- 
ert F., b. Sept. 30, 1862; d. May 12, 1875; Wm. H., b. Sept. 20, 

3368. iv. Myron, b. Mar. 10, 1826; m. Sophia Greer. 

3369. V. Helen, b. Sept. 10, 1833; m. A. C. Armstrong; res. Grinnell, la.; 

s. p. 

3370. vi. Elon G., b. in 1828; d. Poultnev, 1839. 

3371. vii. Julia, b. Dec. 10,1835; m. June 10, 1857, Edwin M. Couch; res. 

Ada, b.'Sept.'20,'l868;' d.Dec. 16, 1871;' Edwin Francis, b. Dec! 
16, 1876. 

1536. Ebenezer Whitney (Samuel, Samuel, John, Benjamin, John), b. ; 

m. ; res. in Maine. 

3372. i. Eleazer, b. . 3373. ii. Ebenezer, b. . 

3374. iii. Thomas G., b. . 

1538. Thomas E. Whitney (Samuel, Samuel, John, Benjamin, John), b. ; 

m. ; m. 2d, Mrs. Thornton; res. Maine. 

3375. i. Abiah, b. ; unm.; res. Augusta, Me. 

3376. ii. Thomas R., b. ; m. Harriett Waite and Emeline Wyman. 

3377. iii. Warren, b. ; d. infancy. 

3378. iv. Tryphena, b. ; m. David Bangs. 

3379. V. Eliza, b. ; m. Jonathan Bangs; d. s. p. 

1539. Amos Whitney (Jonathan, Samuel, John, Benjamin, John), b. Bath, Me., 
Apr. 18, 1766; m. 1797, Abigail Springer. He was a rope spinner and died in his 
factory. He d. Sept., 1833; res. Bath and Bowdoinham, Me, 

3380. i. , b. ; res. Bowdoinham, Me. 

3381. ii. Simeon, b. Aug. 19, 1800; m. Rosanna Smith. 

3382. iii. David, b. May 2, 1802; m. Mercy Reed. 

3383. iv. Joel, b. 1804; m. ; res. Moscow, Me. 

1542. Benjamin Whitney (Abraham, Benjamin, John, Benjamin, John), b. Nov. 
29, 1776; m. 1807, Bethiah Woodward, b. Lisbon, Me., May 17, 1787; d. Nov. 3, 1864. 
He d. Nov. 14, 1853; res. Lisbon, Me. 

3384. i. Jane, b, Oct. 25, 1808; m. Dec. 9, 1830, Rufus Soule, of Pownal; 

b. May 27, 1806; res. Lisbon. She d. June 28, 1845; he m. 2d, 
Sept. 16, 1846, Lucy Cousins, of Poland, and had 2 ch.: res. W. 
Falmouth. She d. July 7, 1869, and he m. 3d, 1870, Mrs. Louisa 
Jane Hawkes; he d. Windham, Me., Oct., 1874-5. Ch.: James 
Tedford, b. Oct. 9, 1832; d. Jan. 27, 1843; Caroline Whitney, b. 
Aug. 1, 1834; m. Horatio S. Curtis; res. Cambridgeport, Mass.; 
Alfred, b. Sept. 20, 1836; m. Ann E. Swett; res. Portland, Me.; 
Henry, b. Mar. 11, 1840; m. Mariel B. Green; res. Portland, 
Me.; Augusta Jane, b. May 16, 1842; m. Benj. M. Swett and d. 
Feb. 18, i885; Melissa Perkins, b. Jan. 17, 1845; m. Stillman H. 
Saunders; res. Hillsdale, N. |. 
33S5. ii. Priscilla Woodbury, b. Dec. 22, 1810; m. Nov. 5, 1829, Jesse- 
niah Gould of L. He is a farmer; b. Jan. 27, 1805. Ch.; Rufus 









S., b. July 9, 1831; d. unm. Sept. 13, 1855; Charles Melvin, b. Mar. 
31, 1833; m, Mary F. Oilman; he d. Apr. 15, 18t^5; Benjamin 
Whitnev, b. Feb. 25, 1835; d. Mar. 13, 1836; Priscilla Jane, b. 
Apr. 24,1837; m. J. B. Treat; res. Monroe, Wis.; Octavia Whit- 
ney, b. May 14, 1843; m. Charles L. Usher; she d. at L. Jan. 13, 
1871; Harry Leonard, b. July 28, 1848; m. Abbie Stevens; he d. 
at L. Aug. 12, 1886. 

Melvin Stow, b. Oct. 9, 1812; m. Sarah Langley. 

Peleg Tallman, b. Nov. 12, 1814; m. Mary E. Varney and 
Louisa V. McLachlan. 

Joseph Davis, b. Mar. 9, 1817; m. LoradaH. Whitney, Ann Sarah 
Whitney and Margaret Masterson. 

BiANCA, b. Jan. 22, 1819; m. 1844, John H. Whitten; res. Orono, 
Me. Ch.: Melvin, b. Apr. 1846; Lorada, b. Mar. 1848; Bianca 
d., Oct. 5, 1851. 

3390. vii. Hezekiah W., b. Jan. 22, 1821; m. Emeline Chandler and Har- 

riett M. Treat. 

3391. viii. Stephen Gould, b. Feb. 2, 1823; d. Sept. 11, 1838. 

3392. ix. Caroline Godfrey, b. Aug. 9, 1825; d. Oct. 2, 1834. 

3393. X. Octavia, b. Feb. 9, 1827; m. Dec. 31, 184S, Albert C. Xeal; res. 

Portland, Me. She d. Feb. 21, 1889. Ch.: Benj. F., b. Feb. 25, 
1852; Jennie Mary, b. Apr. 27, 1856; m. Thomas F. Horn; res. 

3394. xi. Charles, b. Aug. 1831; d. Apr. 21, 1832. 

1550. Samuel L. Whitney (Jacob, Benjamin, John, Benjamin, John), b. in 
Mass., 1767; m. at Phillips, Me., Dellnda S. Howard; d. Auburn, \\'is. He d. Aug. 8, 
1863; res. Lincoln, Me., and Auburn, Wis. 

3395. i. Bernard K., b. ; m. . 

3396. ii. Andrew D., b. ; m. . 

3397. iii. Charles, b. ; was in Co. I, 49th Wis. Vols. 

3398. iv. Jacob W.,b. ; m. . 

1551. James M. Whitney (Jacob, Benjamin, John, Benjamin, John), b. Phillips, 

Me., Oct. 9, 1790; m. Hinckley. He was in the war of 1812; res. Phillips, Me.; 

Appleton, Wis. 

3399. i, Hannah, res. Ap- 3400. ii. Jacob, res. Phillips, Me. 

pleton. Wis. 3401. iii. Isaac, res. Phillips, Me. 

3402. iv. James, res. Appleton, Wis. 

3403. V. Abram H., b. Apr. 1, 1817; m. Mary Wilber. 

1552. Christopher A. Whitney (Jacob, Benjamin, John, Benjamin, John), b. 
Apr. 3, 1793, at Phillips, Me.; m. there June 1, 1823, Adeline Howard; b. 1803; d. 1883, 
near Black River Falls, Wis. He was in the war of 1812; res. Phillips until 1866, 
then moved to Greenfield. He d. at Tomah, Wis., Aug. 23, 1869; res. Phillips, Me., 
and Greenfield, Wis. 

Samuel, res. Phillips, Me. 

Benjamin, b. Apr. 2, 1828; m. Huldah Whitney. 

RuFUS G., res. Cambridge, Me. 


Naomi, m. George Prescott; son Albert res. Tomah, Wis. 

Atwood. 3410. vii. Lucette. 

1558. Abiezer Holbrook Whitney (Nathan, Benj., John, Benj. John), b. 
Me., Mar. 29, 1794; m. at Litchfield in 1816, Elizabeth White; b. Oct. 21, 1794; d.July 
2, 1841; m. 2d Mrs. Susan '^'eaton, of Hollowell, Me. He was a millwright. He d. 
July 17, 1865; res. Augusta, Me., and New Orleans, La. 

3411. i. Martha White, b. Feb. 29, 1836; m. at N. O., Oct. 17, 1854, 

Thomas Godfrey, son of John and Mercy (Whitney) Godfrey, of 

Lisbon, Me., who m. for 1st wife Marica Ann Woodward. 

He d. in New Orleans, La., June 13, 1860, and she m. 2d, Oct. 

7, 1869, Dr. S. C. Russell; res. N. O. Ch.: John Thomas, b. 

Ian. 11, 1856, d. Mav 23, 1856; Bertha Aphia, born June 15,1857; 

d. June 2, 1860; Ida, born, July 2, 1859; m. Sept. 20, 1881, A. H. 

Brackett; Mattie Chapin, b. August 3, 1870; Edward Ernest, 













b. June 30, 1872; d. Feb. 3, 1875; Anna Gertrude, b. May 15, 
1877. The postoffice address of the living is in New Orleans, 
excepting Ida Godfrey Brackett, of No. 717 17th St., east, Min- 
neapolis, Minn. 
3412. ii. David W., b. Aug. 12, 1817; m. Philena Church and Olena E. 
Sarah, b. Jan. 3, 1819: d. Oct. 3, 1891. 
Albert, b. June 20, 1821 ; m. and d. Dec, 1881. 
Julia A., b. June 27, 1823; m. Aug. 27, 1848; she d. Sept., 1892. 

Hannah, b. Nov. 10, 1825; m. . 

HAViLAH.b. Nov. 15, 1827; m. . 

Louisa C, b. Oct. 22, 1829; ni. . 

Edwin, b. Mav 15, 1833; d. June 17, 1837. 

Martha W., b. Feb. 29, 1836; m. Oct. 17. 1854, Thomas Godfrey; 
b. Sept. 17, 1815; d. Jan. 13, 1860; m. 2d, Oct. 7, 1869, Dr. S. C. 
Russell, b. Sept. 25, 1819. Godfrey was a stevedore and Russell 
a physician. Res. New Orleans, La. 

Frances, b. Dec. 4, 1837; m . 

Charles Edwin, b. 1845; d. in. N. O., leaving a son, Wm. R. 
Mills Whitney, b. 1869; res. 104 Orange St., N. O. 
The following are the P. O. addresses of Abiezer H. Whitney's children, or, if 
deceased, their children: Mrs. L. B. Philbrick, Salem, Mass.; Mrs. Hannah Gill, 
Oak Park, 111.; Mrs. Havilah Dutton, Morristown, N. J.; Mr. G. C. Fory, Allen's 
Grove, Scott Co., la.; Mrs. S. C. Russell, 104 Orange St., New Orleans, La.; Mrs. 
lohn Dane, Jr., Orange, N. J. Children of Abiezer's brothers and sisters: Rev. 
Wilson Whitney, Mankato, Blue Earth Co., Minn.; Otis Folsom, Belfast, Me. 

1561. John Godfrey Whitney (Nathan, Benjamin, John, Benjamin, John), b. 
Lisbon, Me., Mar. 3, 1798; m. Oct. 20, 1823, Mary Allen; b. July 24, 1804. He was a 
farmer and by trade a carpenter and joiner. He d. July 2, 1883; res. Readfield, Me. 

3423. i. Wilson, b. Mar. 5, 1845; m. Mary Aphia Goodell. 

3424. ii. J. Chester, b. -; res. 304 20th Ave., N., Minneapolis, Minn. 

1563. Elias Scott Whitney (Nathan, Benjamin, John, Benjamin, John), b. 
Mass., 1809; m. in Brunswick, Me., Sarah Godfrey; d. in 1872. He d. New Orleans, 
La.: res. Augusta, Me. 






















Alfred C, b. Sept. 30, 1835; m. Annie Goutier. 

i. Mary A. P., b. May, 1837; d. . 

ii. Harriett Francis, b. Sept., 1849; res. Brockton, Mass. 

1572. Jacob Whitney (Samuel, Benjamin, John, Benjamin, John), b. Oct. 14, 
1804; m. ; res. Lisbon, Me. 

3428. i. Increase G. 3431. iv. Washington D. 

3429. ii. Mary J. 3432. v. Christiana. 

3430. iii. Martha M. 

1578. Enoch Whitney (Moses, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Benjamin, John), b. Gor- 
ham. Me., 1769; m. Eunice Newcomb; d. 1824; m. 2d Mrs. Kendall, mother of Ned 
Kendall, celebrated cornet player; m. 3d, Mrs. Dennett. 

He resided in Livingston, Standish, Buxton, and moved to Harrison, Me., in 
1810. His ten children were born by his first wife. He d. in Brownfield, May 1, 
1857; res. Standish and Harrison, Me. 

3433. i. Freeman, b. Mar. 9, 1800; m. Mary S. Gray. 

3434. ii. Daniel, b. Jan. 22, 1793; m. Susan'Harmon. 

3435. iii. Mary, b. ; m. William Decker, of Casco. 

3436. iv. Eli, b. . 

3437. V. Eunice, b. May 30. 1870; m. Mar. 4, 1824, Simon Newcomb. 

She d. Aug. 29, 1856; res. Harrison, Me. He was b. June 6, 
1803. He m. 2d, in 1857, Mary Richards. Ch.: James R., b. 
June 26, 18M; res. Monroe, Me.; Andrew H., b. June 20, 1826; 
res. Newburyport, Mass.; Susanna C, b. Dec. 6, 1829; Eleazer 
W., b. Oct. 16, 1831; res. Plattsmouth, Neb. 
8438. vi. Eleazer, b. 1809; d. at sea, unm., 1829. 

3439. vii. William G., b. Aug. 4, 1812; m. Agnes Smith. 

3440. viii. John, b. ; d, young. 


1580. Capt. Richard Whitney (Moses, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Benjamin, 

John), b. Gorham, Me.; m. . He was a sea captain; res. Lubeck, Me. 

;^41. i. Samuel, b. ; sea captain. 

3442. ii. George, b. ; jailor, Bangor, Me. 

3443. iii. Andrew, b. . 

1581. Samuel Whitney (Moses. Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Benjamin, John), b. 
Harrison, Me., in 17^0; m. at Belfast, Me., Margaret Darrow; b, 1790; d. Feb. 1883. 
He d. in 1869; res. Belmont and Morrill, Me. 

3444. i. Henry, b. June 24, 1824; m. Ellen M. Merriam. 

3445. ii. Doty L., b. . He had two daus., one, Helen, married 

Ephraim Sheldon; res. M. 

3446. iii. Edmund C, b. ; res. Big Timber, Mont. 

3147. iv. George A., b. Jan. 8, 1835; m. Nellie W. Thorne. 

3448. V. Lydia Ann, b. ; m. Geo. Pratt; res. Charkstown, Mass. 

3449. vi. Elizabeth, b. ; m. Nathan Carsley; res. Me. 

3450. Yii. Harriett, b. ; m. Eben Rowe and Cyrus Acorn; res. Me. 

3451. viii. Emily, b. —; m. Ephraim Redman; res. Portland, Me. 

3452. ix. Martha Ann, b. ; m. Richard Dixon; 3 ch.; res. Col. 

1587. Josiah Whitney (Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Benjamin, John), b. in Cape Cod, 
Mass.; m. at Gorham, Me., Elizabeth Hardmg; b. Gorham, Me., 1749; d. at Alfred in 
1841. They belonged to the Shakers, and died while living in the colony at Alfred. 
He d. in Alfred, ae. 80; res. Gorham and Alfred, Me. 

3453. i. Silas, b. June 23, 1779; m. Elviia J. Lane. 

3454. ii. Ebenezer, b. . 3457. v. Seth. 

3455. iii. Eunice. SibS. vi. Abigail. 

3456. iv. Betsey. 

The above never married, and all resided with the Shakers and were members 
of that colony at Alfred, Me. 

1589. John Whitney (Josiah, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Benjamin, John), b. To- 
ronto. Canada, in 1781; m. in Quebec, ; d. 1832. 

He was born in Toronto, Canada, was a farmer, and during the war of 1812 
served in an English company, raised in Canada. He was a devout member of the 
Church of England, and in politics was a Conservative. He was granted a pension 
from Chelsea Hospital of 6d. sterling per day. He d. 1864; res. Sherbrook and Chip- 
man, N. S. 

3459. i. Belle, b. Jan. 2, 1816; m. in Chipman, Can., 1841, Matthew Glen; 

res. Salmon River, Queens Co., N. B. Pie was b. 1816. Is a 
farmer. Ch.: Mary Jane, b. 1846; m. 1868, Mr. Paschel; res. 
Harcourt, Kent Co., N. B.; Josiah, b. 1848; m. 1885; res. Lake 
Stream, N. B.; Matthew, b. 1851; m. 1892; res. Fulton Brook, 
N. B. 

3460. ii. Elenok, b. 1823; m.l851, John McDuff; res. Doaktown, Northum- 

berland Co., N. B. 

3461. iii. Charlotte, b. 1828; m. 1853, Freeman Arbo; res. Elm Hall, Mich. 

1591. Eliab T. Whitney (Josiah, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Benjamin, John), b. 
Gaspy, Lower Can., Dec. 17, 1789; m. Lydia Butterworth, dau. of William. She d. 
1826; m. 2d, in Cape Breton, N. B., 1827,' Lydia Williams, b. Salem, Mass., Sept. 10, 
1810; d. Apr. 2, 1866, in Edgecomb, Me. He was a cooper. He d. Apr. 2, 1865; res. 
New Castle and Edgecomb, Me. 

Nancy Ann, b. May 30, 1828; m. Mar., 1859, Morrison; res. 

Auburn, Me. 

Sarah Jane, b. 1830; m. July 18, 1856, Merry; res. Dama- 

riscotta, Me. 

Emeline, b. Mar. 9, 1833; m. Nov. 8, 1852, Merrv; res. 

Sherman Mills, Me. 
WiLLlA.MS, b. Aug. 30, 1835; m. Rosalina H. Merry. 
Alpheus, b. Feb. 16, 1840; m. Georgia F. Hilton. 

Albion, b. ; m. 1863; res. Gloucester, Mass.; a son was 

Benjamin L. 
David J., b. Nov. 23, 1838; unm.; res. Bath, Me. 
Benj. F., b. May 12, 1842; d. in hospital, Dec. 4, 1864. 













3471. ix. Hannah A., b. May 13, 1845; m. 1863, Soiett; res. Bath, Me. 

3472. X. Alonzo L., b. Aug. 9, 1847; m. 1872; res. Pigeon Cove, Mass.; 

dau. Gertrude. 

3473. xi. Georgiana, b. Jan. 1, 1850; m. 1877, Young; res. Bath, Me. 

3474. xii. Lvdia. 3475. xiii. Eliab. 3476. xiv. Betsey. 

1596. Rev. George W. Whitney (Asa, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Benjamin, John), 
b. Gorham, Me., June 14, 1792; m. at Buxton, Mar. 7, 1817, Mary Whitney, b. North 
Yarmouth, Mar. 7, 1795; d. Rochester, N. H., June 12, 1853. 

Rev. Geo. W. Whitney was born in Gorham, state (or district) of Maine. June 
14, 1792. His parents were Asa Whitney and Phebe (Hopkins) Whitney, who were 
married in Gorham. His father d. Dec. 17, 1806, when he was about 14 years of age. 
His father being a farmer he continued in the same occupation till the age of 18 
years, living with his mother when they sold the old homestead and moved to Bridg- 
ton, Me., which was a new town recently incorporated and being rapidly settled; 
there they purchased a new farm which they cultivated with fair success, his mother 
and sisters continuing to live with him for several years. In the war of 1812-15 he 
enlisted in one of the Maine regiments raised for the defense of the sea coast and 
was stationed at Portland and its fortifications for the defense of the city and harbor, 
where he served till honorably discharged. March 7, 1817, he married Mary Whit- 
ney, of Buxton, Me. He continued to live on his farm till 1842, when he disposed of 
his interest therein and removed to the town of Gray, Me. About the year A. D. 
1832 he was ordained as a minister in the Free Baptist denomination and soon 
became pastor of the churches in Bridgton and Harrison, an adjoining town, which 
pastorate continued until his removal to Gray, A. D. 1842, when he became pastor of 
the church in that town which was continued for several years. Having received a 
call to become the pastor of the church at W. Bethel, Me., he accepted the call, where 
he continued till A. U. 1847, when he moved to Rochester, N. H., and became pastor 
of the church in that town, and remained there till 1854. In 1853 his wife died and 
soon after he resigned his charge there and subsequently supplied at Berwick, 
Hiram and Parsonsheld, Me. He continued in active ministerial life till the age of 
80 years, when he retired from the ministry and removed again to Rochester to live 
with his daughter, Mrs. S. F. Hayes, where he died Sept. 18, 1878, at the age of 86 
years and 3 months. He was a man highly esteemed, of sound judgment, good 
address, a successful minister and faithful pastor. The Free Baptist church at 
Rochesterville, N. H., is largely indebted to his efforts for its existence. He d. 
Roch.^Sept. 18, 1878; res. Bridgton, Me., and Rochester, N. H. 

Asa P., b. luly 19, 1819; m. Eunice C. Kneeland. 

Jonathan'W., b. Mar. 26, 1823; m. Nov. 30, 1845; d. at Waupun, 
Wis., Dec. 21, 1876. 

Mary J., b. Dec. 10, 1825; d. June 16, 1852. 

Phebe A., b. Nov. 19, 1828; m. May 14, 1846, — Cummings; 

res. 35 Palis St., Portland, Me. 

Amanda E., b. July 28, 1830; m. Sept. 9, 1851. She d. Aug. 6, 

Sarah F., b. Aug. 30, 1832; m. S. F. Hayes; res. Rochester, N. H. 

George W., b. Apr. 12,1834; m. June 19, 1857; is a physician; res. 
Cookville, Tenn. 

3484. viii. Charles H., b. Jan. 16, 1838; m. and res. Cookville. Tenn. 

1597. Rev. Samuel Whitney (Asa, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Benjamin, John), b. 
Gorham, Me., Aug. 29, 1777; m. at Gorham, in 1798, Hannah Snow, dau. of Capt. Snow, 
of Barnstable, Mass.; d. in Gorham; m. 2d, at Brooks, Me., Mary Rich, b. Feb. 15, 
1778; d. Aug. 17, 1822; m. 3d, Newport, Me., Sept. 10, 1823, Mrs. Mary (Piper) Ring; 
d. Aug. 31, 1863. 

Rev. Samuel Whitney was a Free Will Baptist preacher of marked ability, and 
preached at different times at Monmouth. Hallowell, and Bath, Me. He was a lead- 
ing member of the Constitutional convention of Maine, of 1819, under whose consti- 
tution Maine was admitted to the Union. He was in the House of Representatives 
of Maine for several years, beginning in May, 1820, representing Brooks, Knox, 
Jackson and Thorndike. He was in the senate for several years, about 10, 
from Waldo county. He was a member of Gov. Albion K. Paris' council. When 
the state capitol was to be removed from Portland to Augusta, the governor of the 
state for the time being had to locate it, and he commissioned Mr. Whitney to fix a 
site, and he selected Augusta. He was a most modest man, and disliked 













exceedingly to speak of himself or his exploits. He was dignified and austere, 
and never perpetrated a joke in his life. His head was as large as that of 
Daniel Webster. He was urged over and over again to run for congress by every- 
body of note in his district, but would not consent; he also declined to run for gov- 
ernor, but named A. K. Paris, who was elected. Col. Whitney served on Gov. 
Paris' staff at the executives' earnest solicitation. Their friendship was of the high- 
est and best. Mr. Whitney was an abolitionist, the most conspicuous one in Maine, 
He was a great preacher; men who recollect him say he was the greatest preacher 
they ever heard, but he would not make political speeches, and the reason he was in 
public life so long was that the people almost unanimously voted for him, and he 
had to go, there were no conventions then, each man voted for whom he pleased, 
and nearly all voted for ]\Ir. Whitney. He was a fine looking man, and often related 
to his grandchildren of riding in his chaise in the forests of Maine, when the wolves 
would follow him. He is buried at Dixmont, Me., and on his gravestone is: 

" He is not here; he has arisen." 
He d. Oct. 13, 1859; res. Brooks and Dixmont, Me. 

3485. i. Alfred M., b. June 5, 1805; m. Lucinda Ring. 

3486. ii. Hannah, b. Mar. 2, 1799; m. May 4, 1822, Daniel Fogg, Jr., of Gor- 

ham. He was b. June 3, 1801; d. July 5, 1883. She d. julv 3, 
1876, at Waterford, Me. Ch.: Edwin AIoiko, b. Mar. 5, 1838; 
m., and has a son. Rev. Charles Grant Fogg, a clergyman; res. 
35 Wareham street, Boston, Mass.; Elizabeth Ann; Harriett 
McClure; res. So, "VVaterford, Me.; Albert B., son Walter grad. 
BowdoinColL; Jane W. Webb; res. Bridgton, Me.; Irene; Emily 
W.; res. 34 Ball Street, Roxburv, Mass. 
:34>^7. iii. George, b. 1806; m. Abigail Martin. He d. Oct. 15, 1837. 

3488. iv. Samuel, b. 1808; d. Aug. 3. 1827. 

3489. V. Harriett, b. ; m. John McClure; res. Waldo, Me. A son 

is the leading merchant in Bangor, Me. 

3490. vi. Abigial, b. — ; m. Warren Davis, of Bangor, Me.; res. Cal. 

3491. vii. jANE,b. ; m. Charles Cummings. Dau.: Mrs. Ellsworth; res. 

Oakley Ave., near Jackson St., Chicago, 111. 

3492. viii. Olive, b. ; m. "William Hall, of Brooks, Me. Son, res. 

Frankfort, Me. 
349.8. ix. Emily, b. 1818; d. May, 1839. 

3494. X. Mary, b. ; m. Henry Merrill; res. Newport, Me. Desc. 

res. in Portland, Ore. 

3495. xi, Albion Paris, b. Aug. 8, 1822; m. Mary Jane Pease and Nancy F. 


3496. xii. Frances ANN.b. ; m. John H. Cook; res. Springfield, Mass. 

1598. Rev. John Whitney (Asa, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Benjamin, John), b. 
Gorham, Me.; m. Rich; Kes. Thorndike and Dexter, Me. 

3497. i. Nelson, b. 1812; m. Dorothv Dwellev. 

3498. li. Eunice. 

3499. iii. Esther. Res. Le Grange St., Boston, Mass. 

3500. iv. Martha. 

3501. v. , b. ; m. Kingsbury; res. Dexter, Me. 

3502. vi. Frank, b. ; res. Dexter, Me. 

1606. Nathaniel Whitney (Abel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Benjamin, John), b. 

; m. . He was a soldier in the Revolutionary v/ar, and belonged to the 

artillery service. Res. Gorham and Standish, Me. 

3503. i. Nathaniel, b. —; m. Zilphia Marten. 

3504. ii. Reuben, b. ; m. Mercy Baker, 

3505. iii. Joseph, b . He lived and died with the Shaker Family at 

Alfred, Me. 

3506. iv. Levi, b. May 15, 1778; m. Happy Higgins. 

1608. Capt. Ephraim Whitney (Joel, Abel, Nathaniel, Benjamin, John), b. 
Jonesboro, Me. r Nov. 7, 1770; m. there July 9, 1794, Sarah Noyes, 

He was the first white child born in Chandler's River, now Jonesboro, Me., the 
eldest son of his parents. He married there and settled on a farm, where he died. 
Besides being a husbandman he was a merchant and did quite an extensive business. 
He erected the Kennebec mill, was representative in the General Court in 1810, mem- 












ber of the Constitutional convention of 1820, and representative in 1823. He d. Apr. 16, 
1858; res. Jonesboro, Me. 

3507. iii. Beriah, b. June 25, 1802; m. Lucy Hall. 

1609. Paul Whitney (Joel, Abel, Nathaniel, Benjamin, John), b. Jonesboro, 
IMe., Jan. 10, 1785; m. at St. Stephens, X. B., Catherine Barker, of St. S. They 
resided in Milltown in Calais, Me. He d. June 7, 1841; res. Calais, Me. 

3508. i. Madison, b. Jan. 3, 1813; m. Joanna Carpenter. 

3509. iii. Cordelia Eveline, b. Sept. 28, 1817; m. May 12, 1840, C. C. P. 

Peabody, of Calais, Me. One son, Charles, was living in Mill- 
town in 1874. 

1620. Joel Whitney (Micah, Abel, Nathaniel, Benjamin, John), b. Gorham, 
Me., Mav 7, 1787; m. at Phillips June, 1815, Sally Dyer, b. Maiden, Mass., May 10, 
1789; d. at Phillips May, 1834; m. 2d at Farmington, 1836, Sarah Compton. She d. 
at Plymouth; m. 3d, 1840, at Trinity, Betsey Chase. 

He was born in Gorham, Me., married at Phillips, where he was a general mer- 
chant. In 1838 he moved to Plymouth, Me., where, after a residence of ten years, 
he moved to Portland. In 1851 he moved to St. Paul, where he died the following 
year. He was buried at Phillips. He d. Mar. 22, 1852; res. Phillips, Plymouth and 
Portland, Me., and St. Paul, Minn. 

3510. i. Sophia Dyer, b. Jan. 1, 1816; m. Dec. 6, 1832, Moses Sherburne; 

res. St. Paul, Minn. 
Charles T., b. Sept. 18, 1817; m. Martha C. Thaver. 
Julia Ann, b. June 19, 1819; d. Phillips Nov., 18^4. 
Joel E., b. Mav 18, 1822; m. Elsie Ayer. 
Eliza Jane, b.'june 20, 1824; d. St. Paul, Apr., 1866. 
Sarah"Gustanza, b. Apr. 2, 1826; d. Plymouth, Me., Mar. 23, 


3516. vii. Andrew J., b. Apr. 20, 1828; m. 1855, Bertha L. Burbanks; res. 

Kansas City, Mo. 

3517. viii. Eliab Latham, b. June 6, 18-30; m. 18-54, Helen M. Burbanks. He 

d. Feb. 8, 1868; res. St. Paul, Minn. 

1624. Andrew Whitney (Micah, Al:iel, Nathaniel, Benjamin, John), b. May 5, 
1795; m. June, 1816. Huldah Sweetser; res. Phillips, Me. 

851b. 1. Huldah, b. Sept. 7,1835; m. Apr. 15, 1853, Benjamin Whitney, son 

of Christopher A. 
3519. ii. John. 3520. iii. Jane. 3521. iv. Cynthia. 

3522. V. Betsey. 3523. vi. Mary. 3524. vii. Phcebe. 

3525. viii. Lilias. 

1627. William Perse Whitney (Micah, Abel, Nathaniel, Benjamin, John), b. 
Me., Mav 3, 1783; m. there Nancv I. Carlton. She d. Marysville, Kans. He d. in 111., 
Dec. 30,1865; res. Me. 

3526. i. Hiram Elias, b. ; m. ; was a physician; res. in 

Shellsborough, Iowa. 

3527. ii. Nancy Perse, b. ; m. Kenyon; res. Sycamore, 111. 

8528. iii. Sally, b. ; m. Ouimby; res. Phillips, Me. 

3529. iv. Geo. W., b. ; m. and res. Marysville, Kans. 

16.30. Benjamin Whitney (Micah, Abel, Nathaniel, Benjamin, John), b. Gray, 
Me., 1806; m. at Phillips, Me., Susan Wells. She d. at Gray, ae. 86. He d. in Mav, 
1890; res. Madrid and Gardiner, Me. • 

3530. i. Benj. Dexter, b. Dec. 25, 1841; m. Annis B. Ross. 

8531. ii. Martha Van Buren, b. ; res. Sabattus, Me. 

3532. iii. Joseph Clement, b. ; Dr., res. Thorndike, Me. 

37;33. iv. Mary Clementine, b. ; m. Cushman; res. Phillips, 


3534. v. Royal Thaxter, b. ; res. El Paso, Texas. 

3535. vi. Phebe Cobb, b. — ; m. Andrews. Ch.: Emola, b. 

; res. Gardiner, IVle. 

3536. vii. Melvina Susan, b. ; m. Adams; res. . 

1632^ Jesse Whitney (Daniel, Abel, Nathaniel, Benjamin, John), b. ; m. 

at Saco, Me., Marv Sawver; d. Oct. 16, 1815; m. 2d, Julv 16,1817, Charity 
1785; d. Feb. 18, 1836 (?)'; m. 3d, . He d. Jan. 19, 1832; res. S 

Saco, Me. 

-; b. 


























3537. viii. Abner, b. Dec. 21, 1800; m. Mary Grayham. 

3538. ii. Hepzibah, b. Sept. 8, 1788; m. Thomas Dyer. Ch.: Abby Young 
who m. David Bryant. She d. July 9, 1861. 

3539. v. Sarah, b. Feb. 17,1795; m. John Bryant. Ch.: David, m. Abby 
Young Dyer; ch., H. W. (sec. Maine Hist. Soc). 

Marv, b. Nov. 8, 1786; m. Spencer. She d. Apr. 16, 1816. 

Hannah, b. June 10, 1790; m. Bryant. She d. Aug. 26, 

David, b. Dec. 8, 1792. 

Eunice, b. June 2, 1796; m. Clark. 

James S., b. Dec. 15, 1798; m.; had 6 ch., three boys and three 

girls; one s. John, res. Brookline, Mass. 
Stephen, b. May 12, 1802. 
Abraham, b. June 25, 1803. 

Olive, b. May 23, 1807; m. Berry. She d. 1854. 

Susan, b. Oct. 23, 1818. 3549. xiii. Jessie, b. Dec. 11,1820. 
Abigail, b. June 8, 1822. 
Charles, b. Apr. 10, 1824. 
Elmira, b. Jan. 8, 1826. 

1634. Edmund Whitney (Isaac, Isaac, Nathaniel, Benjamin, John), b. Gorham, 
Me., May 4, 1774; m. 1803, Martha Meserve. He d. May 25, 1853; res. Gorham, Me. 

3553. i. Merrill, b. ; res. \V. Gorham. 

3554. ii. RoBiE, b. ; res. G. 

3555. iii. Marshall, b. ; res. G. 

1637. Isaac L. Whitney (Isaac, Isaac, Nathaniel, Benjamin, John), b. Gorham, 
Me., May 29, 1781; m. at Raymond, Mar. 5, 1807, Margaret C. Leach. He d. Oct. 20, 
1856; res'. Raymond and Naples, Me. 

3556. i'. Sophia, b. ; m. Bray; res. Oshkosh, Wis.; s. p. 

3557. ii. S. Newell, b. ; son Ralph res. Minneapolis, Minn. 

3558. iii. Zachariah L., b. Dec. 17, 1807; m. Elizabeth C. Havden. 

3559. iv. Mary A., b. ; m. Buckley. Ch.: Maggie W., b. ; 

m. Coombes; res. Moore's Station, Cal. 

1641. Stephen Whitney (Stephen, Isaac, Nath'l Benjamin, John), b. Me., 
May 5, 1799; m. Mayberry; res. Mechanic's Falls, Me. 

3560. i. Wm. Mayberry, b. — ; res. So. Meriden, Conn. 

1643. John Whitney (Barnabas, Isaac, Nathaniel, Benjamin, John), b. Pawlet, 
Me. He was in the war of 1812; res. in Me. 

3561. i. John H., b. ; was in war of 1861. 

1644. Sewell Pitt Whitney (Barnabas, Isaac, Nathaniel, Benjamin, John), b. 
Pawlet, Me., Mar. 19, 1798; m. 1816, Annie Tuttle. He was in the war of 1812. He 
d. Aug., 1866; res. Freeman, Me. 

3562. i. Constant Hopkins, b. Apr. 17, 1824; m. Elizabeth Potter. 

3563. ii. John Converse, b. May 7, 1822; m. Lucy Soule. 

3564. iii. James C, b. ; m. ; res. No. 111. 

3565. iv. Wesley, b. —\ m. ; res. Freeman; 4 daus. 

1646. Hon. Marshall H. Whitney (Barnabas, Isaac, Nathaniel, Benjamin, 
John), b. Pawlet, Me., Jan. 15, 1800; m. at Milton, Jan. 1, 1819, Lavina Luce. 

He was a senator from Maine in 1837. Was appointed postmaster in 1838, and 
excepting eight years served till he resigned the office in 1863. His son Summer 
lived in Rockland, Me., in Oct., 1874, of the firm of S. Whitney & Son, manufacturers 
of lime, and dealers in corn flour. West India goods and groceries. He printed a 
partial record of the family. He d. June 20, 1865; res. Freeman, Me. 

3566. i. Sum.mer, b. . 

1652. Henry Whitney (Henry, Isaac, Nathaniel, Benjamin, John), b. Chester- 
ville. Me., Feb. 7, 1804; m. there Nov. 24, 1825, Rebecca Fellows. He d. Oct. 16, 1871; 
res. Chesterville, Me. 

3567. i. Isaac T., b. So. Meriden, Conn. 

3568. ii. Henry, b. . 









1654. George Washington Whitney (Henry, Isaac, Nathaniel, Benjamin, 
John), b. Chesterville, Me., Oct. 8, 1^09; m. in E. Livermore, in ls,32, Violette Haines, 
b. Jan., 18H; d. Jan., 1888. He d. Aug., 1866; res. Farmmgton, Me. 

3569. i. Geo. Edwin, b. Sept. 19, 1836; m. Mary L. Swearingen. 

3570. ii. Franklin W., b. Oct., 1839; d. in army, 1861. 

3571. lii. Henry A., b. Nov. 28, 1841; m. Virginia Tiernan. 

3572. iv. Columbia F., b. Jan., 1848; m. 1873, J. Currier Tarbox; res. Farm- 

ington, Me. 

3573. V. Fred'k Eugene, b. Nov. 26, 1850; m. Edith Adams. 

1655. Hiram Whitney (Henry, Isaac, Nathaniel, Benjamin, John), b. Chester- 
ville, Me., 1815; m. in Boston, Mar. 22, 1842, Susan P. Lunt; b. July 10, lbl4. He was a 
merchant. He d. Julv 6, 1870; res. Boston and Melrose, Mass. 

3574. i. 'Charles Sumner, b. May 31, 1856; res. Miles City, Mont. 

3575. ii. Edward H., b. Jan. 22, 1845; m. Emma L. Williams. 

3576. iii. Ella, b. ; m. Chadbourne; res. 35 W.Vernon street, 

Lowell, Mass. 

1661. Major Hachaliah Whitney (Jesse, Jonathan, Jonathan, Benjamin, 
Jonathan, John), b. Apr. 5, 1762; m. June 29, 1786, .Abigail Nelson; b. July 30, 1765; m. 
2d, Oct. 9, 1842, Mrs. Olive (Madden) Cobb; b. June 1, 1777; d. 1849. 

He was in the Revolutionary war in the Mendon and Milford companies, and 
later was captain, and in 1809 major, of the local military regiment. He inherited part 
of the old homestead on which he always resided. He d. Nov. 14, 1848; res. Milford, 

Ethan, b. Apr. 22, 1878; m. Betsey Miller Green. 

Iesse, b. Oct. 12, 1790; m. Rebecca Fisk. 

"Nelson, b. Mar. 24, 1790; d. July 19, 1790. 

Abigail, b. Jan. 6, 1(^03; res. Milford. 

1670. N.A.THAN Whitney (Jonathan, Jonathan, Jonathan, Benjamin, John), b. 
Conwav, Mass., Oct. 18, 1761; m. there Nov. 1, 1780, Olive Whitney, dau. of Lieut. 
Jesse, b. Feb. 19, 1758; d. Nov. 17, lb29; m. 2d, Thankful Caldwell. 

He was born in Conway, Mass., where he resided until 1792, when he emigrated 
to Seneca Castle, N. Y., where he was one of the first pioneers. Nearly all of his 
children were noted for their longevity. He was a farmer. He d. Apr. 19, 1838; 
res. Seneca Castle, N. Y. 

3577. I. Luther, b. Aug. 20, 1782; m. Hannah Witter and Hannah L. 


3578. ii. Otis, b. Oct. 19, 1786; m. Betsey Hawley. 

3579. iii. Jonathan, b. Sept. 3, 1798; m. Betsey -^ . 

35?^0. iv. Nathan, b. Jan. 22, 1791; m. Sarah Gray. 

3581. V. Cheeney, b. Apr. 21, 1795; m. Olive Colwell. 

3582. vi. Theodore, b. Mar. 4, 1785; d. June 29, 1792; killed by a falling 


3583. vii. Polly, b. Sept. 19, 1788; m. Aug. 31, 1806, Seth Whitmore. She 

d. Mar. 7, 1?^23. He was born in Conway, Mass., Mar. 17, 1783; 
d. Aug. 27, 1869. Ch.: Electa Ann, b. Aug. 15, 1807; d. Aug. 16, 
1816; Mary Adaline, b. Aug. 31, 18u9; d. Oct. 18, 1835; Wm. 
Wallace, b. Oct. 13, 1811; m. Sarah A. Mead, Harriett E. Bush- 
nell, and Mary A. Gardner; Seth Havden, b. Dec. 25, 1813; d. 
May 5, 1873; Lois Augusta, b. July 28, 1816; d. Feb. 26, 1823; 
Nathan Whitney, b. Mar. 10, 1819; d. Sept. 15, 1843; Oilman 
Hurlbert, b. Apr. 4, 1821 ; d. July 18, 1830. 

3584. viii. Olive, b. Sept. 28, 1797; m. Simeon A'an Aukin. She d. Jan. 15, 


3585. ix. Julia Ann, b. Dec. 17, 1799; m. Dr. Sartwell; d. Apr. 28, 1824. 

Conn., June 21, 1768; d. Seneca Castle, N. Y., May 11, 1851. He was a well-to-do and 
respectable farmer and highly esteemed for his sterling integrity. He d. Jan. 31, 1825; 
res. Conway, Mass., and Seneca Castle N. Y. 

3586. iii. Joel, b. Mar. 1, 1796; m. Esther Belding. 

3587a. i. Ezra, b. Oct. 14, 1791; m. but no ch. living. 


Sb'i^si. li. Phila, b. Feb. 23. 1794: m. Mar, ^, ISIO. Selah Han, b. Jii'.y 7, 
17";^: d. Tune 4, 1»'7'J. He was a farmer. Ch.: Caroline, b. Apr. 
24. 1-11;' Calista. b. Aug, 20, 1^13: Matilda, b. Tulv 20. 1615: 
Luther, b. Mar. 24, 1616: Electa, b. Dec. 6, 16-21; MaW Ann, b. 
Feb. 10, 1626: Henry L., b. Apr. 14, 1626: res. 40 Park Place, 
Geneva, X. Y.: Sher'on.b. Apr. 14,1^31. 

3569a. iv. Esther Parkhirst, b. Jan. 16, 1796: m. Feb. 5, 1616, Benjamin 
Howes, b. Apr. 6, 17'?7: d. Apr. 27, 1663. Ch.: Helen, b. Tar.. 11, 
1617: Toel Whitney, b. Apr. 5, 1619: Clarissa Hayden, b. ^Iay2'), 
l'^21:'Tane Howes Bailev, b. Mav 5, 1626: Henrv, b. Apr. 25, 
16::J1; Almus, b. Jan. 23, iSi^: Guernsey, b. Apr. 23, 16:39: Helen 
Howes Morehouse, Port Byron, X. Y.; Whitney Howes, Eagle 
Harbor. X. Y. 

.3590a. V. Clarissa, b. Feb. 26. 1600. 

^591a. vi. Sibyl, b. Dec. 24, 1^01; d. unm. 

1675. Jox.^s Whitney 'Tonathan. Jonathan, Tonathan. Beniamin, John b. May 

12, 177.^: m. Xov. 29, 1795. Catherine Parker. He d. Sept. 27, 1«23: res.' . 

:3567. i. Walter, b. Tan. 21. 3590. iv. Minerva, b. Tan. 27, 

1797. ' 1604. 

3586'. ii. Wealthy, b. Mar. 12, 3591. v. HARRiETT,b. Mar. 16, 

1799. 16<'j6. 

3569. iii. Wm. .Morris, b. Jan. 3592. vi. Henry. 

5, 1>K)2. 3593. vii, Jefferson. 

3594. viii. George. 

1677. Ami Whitney (Jonathan, Jonathan, Jonathan, Benjamin. John ., b; C<jn- 
wav. Mass., Jan. 16. 17^1: m. at Hopewell, X. Y.. t)ec. 7. 18Ckj. Anna Amsden; b. Dec. 
7, 1764: d. Apr. 30, 1658. He d. Dec 14, 1667: res. Conwav, Mass., and Flint Creek, 
X. Y. 

Theodore, b. Jan. 2, 1602; m. Experience Warner and Xabby E. 

Jasper, b. Xov. 8, 16<»3; ni. Elizabeth Ganwer. 
is.\AC .\msden, b. Sept. 17, 16<J5; m. Jane Miore. 
Wm. G., b. Mav 17. 1607, m. and res. Litchfield. Mich. 
Anna, b. Aug. '24. 1609: d. 16<J9. 
Charles, b. Sept. 11, 1610: d. Oct. 11, 1625. 
Ezra, b. Oct. 6, 1612: d. July ;3'J, 1616. 

Ami. b. Tune 22, 1614; m. Ann Shearman and Rebecca C. Rippey. 
Jonathan, b. Xov. 3, 1616: m. and d. July 12, 1692, at Allen, Mich, 
and xi. Tavin dais., b. Feb. 5. 1''19: d.'l^i9. 
Esther .-Xnn, b. May 2-, 1^20: d. Sept. 29, 1621. 
Elizabeth A., b. Jan. 5, 1822; m. Jan. 29, 1^45. John Lewis: res. 

Hopewell. X. Y. 
3606. xiv. Esther Gates, b. Dec. 5. 1^23: m. Sept. 5. 1644, Franklin M. 

Hooper: res. Fon Tones, Cal. He was b. Xov. 12. 1617; d. Feb. 

11. 1>7.5. Ch.: Elia Elizabeth, b. June 3. 1>47: m. Mar. 3. 1^65, 

loseph Short: res. Fort Tones; Cora Esther, b. Sept. 12. 164;^: d. 

Xov. 12, 1^50; Frank Whitnev, b. Aue. 7, l*^'; m. bept. 27, 1^9<;•; 

res. Fort Jones; Esther Ruthi b. May 29. 1^>2: m. Dec. 31. 1>67, 

Eller: res. Etna Mills. Cal.: Roben Culver, b. May 12. 

1665; res. Fort Tones. 
36«j9. XV. .Anna H., b Mar^ 10, 1626: m. Oct. 25. 1649. James Wilson: res. 

Geneva, X. Y. A son is Captain Wm. \Vilson, M. A., at 

Geneva, X. Y. 

1678. Gen. Parkhurst Whitney (Jonathan, Jonathan. Jonathan, Benjaniin, 
John', b. Sept. 25, 1764; m. Oct. 10, 1605, Celinda Cowing; b. Mar. 17, 1763: d. June 
12, 1'!^, at Xiagara Falls. 

Gen. Parkhurst Whitney lived around with his brothers and sisters till he was 
nineteen years of age, when he went to his own land, his father having left him some. 
In 1610 he went from Phelps to Xiagara Falls and lived on a farm on the Niagara 
river, about five miles above the present village of Xiagara Falls. In 1?12 he moved 
to the village of the Falls and rented Poner's saw mill. In 1614 he rented the Eagle 
tavern, a log one on the site of the International hotel, and began tavern keeping on 



















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a small scale. Twice during the war of 1812-15, he was driven away by the British. 
At one time the alarm was given that the British and Indians were coming from 
Lewiston and they left the breakfast on the table and fled. The British set fire to 
the village. The Eagle tavern was of logs, 24 feet square, and had one room. In 
1819 he bo'uo-ht the property and built a frame addition to it, and celebrated the fin- 
ishing- of it h\ a dinner July 4, 1820. At that time most of the pleasure seekers went 
to the Canada side. In 1831 Gen. Whitney bought the Cataract House, which had 
been built in 1825, and kept it as a sort of 'lodging house for the surplus business of 
the Eagle. In 1835 he built a stone addition to the Cateract. In 1836 he disposed of 
the Eagle property to Benjamin Rathburn, of Buffalo. In Sept., 1836, he rented the 
Cataract to Milton Hawley, who was unsuccessful, and in August, 1838, he took the 
house again, with his son, S. M. N. Whitney, and his son-in-law, D. R. Jerauld, 
and kept the hotel under the firm of P. Whitney & Sons. The addition to the 
Cataract, in 1835, was a four-story stone building, 40x56 feet. In 1842^3 he made 
another addition of stone, 40x54 feet. In 1845 he added another stone addition, five 
stories high, 42x133 feet, containing the dining room. In 1845 he built a stone kitchen 
addition two stories high, 25x30 feet. In the spring of 1846 he disposed of all the 
property to S. M. N.Whitney, D. R. Jerauld, and 1. F. Trott, who carried on the hotel 
under the name of Whitney, Jerauld & Co. In 1841-43 he purchased some river lots 
and connected the buildings with the hotel. 

An Interesting Occasion. — An event which few men see was celebrated at 
the Cataract House, Niagara Falls, on Wednesday evening last. It was the celebra- 
tion of the fiftieth anniversary of the marriage of Gen. Parkhurst Whitney and wife. 
For fift\ years had this couple stemmed life's vicissitudes, and on this occasion the 
numerous friends and kindred of this remarkable couple gathered in social commun- 
ion to bestow congratulations and renew the recollections of early days. The cere- 
monies of the " golden wedding " were touching and imposing and were conducted 
bv Rev. E. W. Revnolds, of this city. Gen. Whitney emigrated to this country with 
his wife forty-five years ago, and they have well earned their health and happiness 
which is with them in their old age. That it may remain with them for many years 
to come is the wish of all. — Buffalo (N. Y.) Covnncrcial, Oct. 17, 1855. 
He d. Apr. 26, 1862; res. Niagara Falls, N. Y. 
8610. i. AsENATH B., b. Jan. 22, 1809. Asenath Beecher Whitney was the 

eldest child of Gen. Parkhurst Whitney, of Niagara Falls, N. Y. 
She was born in Geneva, N. Y., Jan. 22, 1809. When she was a 
vear old her parents moved to Niagara Falls. Her father was 
employed as a surveyor for the Holland Land Purchase Com- 
pany. Parkhurst Whitne\' was a very intelligent man and 
gave his children every advantage possible in those days. Asen- 
ath Whitney was in many ways a remarkably brilliant woman. 
She was a very fine scholar and linguist, sj^eaking French, Ital- 
ian and German fluently, and she also was a great reader and 
possessed of brilliant con\ersational powers and was an excep- 
tionally good musician. In 1837 there came to Niagara Falls a 
Polish gentleman who was a teacher of languages. This gentle- 
man, Pierre de Kowalewski, wasan exile, having been an officer 
in the 10th Lithuanian Lancers, and after the downfall of Poland, 
his estates being confiscated by the Russian government, he came 
to America in company with several other noblemen — all offi- 
cers and men of fine presence and courtly manners. He was a 
fine linguist, speaking ten languages, and thus became a pro- 
fessor of languages. At Niagara Falls he met Asenath Whit- 
ney in 1836 and in 1837 they were married at Niagara Falls. 
He died at Havana, Cuba, in May, 1854. The result of this 
union was four children, only one of whom, Linda Alice, b. Mar. 
27, 1849, is now living. All these children showed a special 
aptitude for studv, music and the acquirement of languages. 
Olympia M., the eldest, b. Mar. 20, 1><39, d. May, 1865," was a 
most brilliant musician; Helena, b. ]\Iar. 9, 1842, d. Sejit., 1864, a 
fine German scholar and organist; and Frederic Whitney, b. 
Dec. 22, 1843, d. Mar. 1, 1861, an unusual student, a lad of the 
brightest promise. Linda, the youngest, has also kept up the 
family record. She has studied the Polish language and in 1890 
translated "The Jew," which was published by Dodd, Mead & 
Co., of New York. It is an historical novel bv one of Poland's 


greatest authors, Joseph Krasyewski. In 1891 she translated 
"Corine," from the French of Louis Enault, which was pub- 
lished by Little, Brown & Co., of Boston. She has also written 
poems and short stories for the magazines and is an artist, being 
a member of the Buffalo Society of Artists, and exhibiting each 
year original sketches from nature. Sept. 30, 1868, Linda de 
Kowalewski married Robert Fulton at Niagara Falls. Robert 
Fulton was born in Lew,ston, N. Y., July 17, 1847, and is of 
Scotch-Irish descent, as his ancestors came over to the north of 
Ireland from Scotland in Cromwell's time. He is a great-grand- 
son of Lieut. -Col. James Forrest Fulton, of the Gordon High- 
, landers of the English army, who was first cousin to Robert 

Fulton of steamboat fame. ]\Ir. Fulton was for some years asso- 
ciated with his brother, the late James T. Fulton, proprietor of 
the International Hotel, Niagara Falls, N. Y,, and their com- 
bined efforts have done much for the prosperity of Niagara 
Falls. Mr. and Mrs. Fulton reside at 826 Franklin street, Buf- 
falo, N. Y. 

3611. ii. MvRON Holly, b. Sept. 10, 1810; d. Aug. 12, 1815. 

3612. iii. Angeline Parkhurst, b. ; m. D. R. Jerauld. 

3613. iv. Sally Eliza, b. Mar. 19. 1814; d. July 31, 1815. 

3614. V. Solon M. N., b. Oct. 7, 1815; m. Frances E. Drake. 

3615. vi. Celinda Eliza, b. lulv 12, 1817; m. at N. F. Sept. 9, 1844, James 

F. Trott, b. Mar. 25, '1815; res. N. F., 1139 Main street. She d. 
Jan. 4, 1892. Ch.: John Winslow, b. Feb. 21, 1^47; m. Caroline 
Alice Babcock Nov. 9, 1870; ch., Alice Babcock, b. Nov. 7, 1871; 
John Winslow, Nov. 9, 1881; res. N. F.; James Parkhurst, b. 
Apr. 4, 1849; Elizabeth Celinda. b. Feb. 8, 1851; Solon Whitney, 
b. Apr. 10, 1854; d. Jan. 17, 1856; Mary Chilton, b. Sept. 28, 1859; 
d. Jan. 20, 1865. James FuUerton Trott was born in Purchase 
street, Boston, Mass., Mar. 25, 1815. He was educated at the 
Boylston grammar public school, where he received a Franklin 
medal. He was also three years in the English high school. 
His mother was a Winslf)w, a hneal descendant of John Wins- 
low, who married Mary Chilton. His mother was the seventh in 
direct descent. Her father. Gen. John Winslow, was a member 
of the Order of Cincinnatus, the sixth signer and first treasurer of 
the society, of which he was an honored member. James Ful- 
lerton Trott married Celinda Eliza Whitney, at the Cataract 
bouse, Sept. 9, 1844. In 1846 he became one of the proprietors, 
the firm being under the name of Whitney, Jerauld & Co. He 
was proprietor for forty years, and carried on all the financial 
business. He not only kept up the reputation which Gen. Whit- 
ney had established, but added to it, so the hotel became famous. 
In 1886 he retired from the firm, after forty years of honorable 
work. He was supervisor for six years, being elected by the 
Democratic party. He has been a trustee of the schools for 
forty-five continuous years, and also had charge of the district 
library. He has proved himself to be one of the most public- 
spirited and upright men in Niagara Falls, N. Y. The "Three 
Sisters Islands" at Niagara Falls were named after Mrs. Trott 
and her two sisters, in 1830. They were the first white women 
ever on them. 

1679. Jonathan Whitney (David, Jonathan, Jonathan, Benjamin, John), b. 

Conway, Mass.. Mar. 13, 1770; m. there Jan. 13, 1791, Lucy Washburn. He d. ; 

res. Conway, Mass. 

3616. i. David, b. Jan. 29. 1803; m. Elizabeth S. Granger. 

3617. ii. Orlando, b. Mar. 27, 1792; m. and went to Texas. I suppose 

died there. It is supposed that a school teacher by the name of 
Whitney, who, with her school, was attacked by Indians in 
western Texas a number of years ago, and who lost her life in 
successfully defending her pupils, was a daughter of Orlando, 
but could get no positive proof. 


3618. iii. Prudence, b. Aug. 6, 1796, 

3619. iv. Harriett, b. Jan. 20, 1794. 

1691. Mellen Whitnev (Elias, Elias, Jonathan, Benjamin, John), b. IMilford, 
Mass., Dec 9, 1774; m. Jane Richardson. He first moved to Barton, Vt., from Mass., 
and was in that town in 1816, afterward resided in Barre, Yt., previous to and after 
the time Lafayette visited this country. This fact is fixed by an incident connected 
with the French General's stay in Barre, in which Mellen played a part. His children 
were all born in Barre. In 1826 he moved to Peru, N.Y., where he and his wife died. 

3620. i. Nora. 3621. ii. John. 

3622. iii. Nancy, b. ; m. Howland; res. Barre. 

3623. iv. Eliza, b. ; m. and rev. to Virginia. 

3624. v. Fidelia. 3625. vi. Anstrus. 3626. vii. Vinal. • 

1694. Jonathan Whitney (Elias, Elias, Jonathan, Benjamin, John), b. Ja'ffrey, 
N. H., May, 9, 1781; m. Milford, Mass., Sept, 29, 1806, Lavina Coombs; b. 1785; d, 
June 1, 1843. They resided near the old homestead. He d. in Milford in 1863; res. 
Milford, Mass. 

3627. i. Tamsin, b. Julv 8, 1807; m. May 12, 1833, Orlando F. Sparrow; b. 

Aug. 4, 1803; d. Apr. 1877. Ch.: Deborah Maria, b. Apr. 23, 
1834; m. Charles J. Randall; res. Wrentham, Mass.; Philena 
Lavina, b. Aug. 22, 1836; d. Aug. 20, 1839; Philip Orlando, b. 
Apr. 6, 1838; unm.; res. Easton, Pa.; LydiaAnn.b. Feb. 9, 1846; 
m. Daniel Higgins; res. So. Framingham, Mass. 

3628. ii. Elmira, b. Sept. 24, 1809; m. Benjamin F. Reynolds. She d. s. p. 

3629. iii. Elias, b. Feb. 7, 1811; m. Zelona S. Carpenter and Fannie P. 

36.^0. iv.' Charles B., b. Apr. 16, 1814; m. Mary A. Cary. 

3631. v. Llxy Ann, b. Mar. 12, 1816; m. Aug. 3, 1837, Benjamin F. Reynolds; 

res. Sharon, Mass.; b. Nov. 19, 1804; d. Sept. 17, 1854. He was 
a farmer. Ch.: Frances Adelaide, b. Oct. 12, 1838, Sharon, Mass.; 
Benjamin, b. Sept. 11, 1842; m. Dec. 28, 1871; res. Sharon, Mass.; 
Alfonso, b. Dec. 10, 1845; d. Apr. 9, 1880; Clara Jane, b. June 6, 
1847; res. Boston, Mass.; Isabella, b. Apr. 4, 1849; res. Sharon, 

3632. vi. Lydia, "b. Sept. 28, 1818; m. Sept. 28, 1840, Joseph H. Welch, of 

Boston; b. Oct. 13, 1813; d. Sept. 1, 1890; res. Prov., R. I., 633 
No. Main St.; s. p. 

3633. vii. George, b. Mar. 15, 1821; m. Louisa P. C. Lincoln. 

3634. viii. Mary, b. ; m, Feb. 13, 1844, Shepherd Carpenter. She d. 

June 11, 1881. Ch.: A. Alden and Eugene; res. Sharon, Mass. 

3635. ix, Jonathan H„ b. Apr. 16, 1830; d. Jan. 15, 1832. 

1695. Laban Whitney I Elias, Elias, Jonathan, Benjamin, John), b. Jaffery, 
N. H., Oct. 24, 1783; m. June 27, 1805, Olive Green, b. 1784; d. Dec. 7, 1867. He d. 
June 20, 1818; res. Bellingham, ]\Iass., and Milford, Mass. 

Betsey, b. Oct. 18, 1808; d. 1840. 
Lemuel, b. Jan. 4, 1817; m. Fannie Darling. 
Laban, b. Jan. 6, 1815; m. Marv Sickles. 
Hannah, b. 1805; d. Jan. 2, 1838. 
Ruel, b. 1811; d. 1841. 

1697. Isaac Whitney (Jonathan, Benjamin, Benjamin, Benjamin, John), b. 
Sept. 26, 1768; m. in Suffield, Conn., Caroline Harman; b. Mar. 21, 1764; d. Mar. 9, 
1813. He d. Sept. 29, 1797; res. Suffield, Conn., and West Rupert, Vt. 

3641. i. Erastus, b. July 16, 1790; m. Thurza Harmon. 

3642. ii. Clarissa, b. June 4, 1788; m. Isaac Hays. She d. in Rupert, \'t.,, 

July 25, 1861, leaving Whitney, Caroline, Maria, and Betsey E., 
who m. Perkins, and res. W. Rupert. 

3643. iii. Eunice, b. Feb. 10, 1793; d. s. p. 

3644. iv. Chartsey, b. Sept. 18, 1795; m. Martin Frazer. She died in 

Plymouth, Mich., leaving Cordelia, Eunice, James, Oscar, 
Caroline, Maria, Helen, and Mary;' Oscar res. Plymouth. 

1703. Asaph Whitney (Jonathan, Benjamin, Benjamin, Benjamin, John), b. 
Dalton, Mass., June 21, 1780; m. in Preston, Conn., Bethiah Hopkins, b. there June 2, 












1777; d. Cato, N. Y., 1830. He was a turner; manufactured brush handles, bedsteads, 
etc. He d. Amboy, N. Y., 1858; res. Rupert, Vt., Greenwich and Ambov, N. Y. 

3645. i. Olive, b. Apr. 14, 1798; m. May, 1820, Ezra Woodruff; b. Feb. 

22,1797; d. Nov. 29, 1873; res.' Amboy. She d. Mar. 22, 1882. 
Ch.: Harriet, b. Feb. 14, 1821; unm., res. A.; Emily, b. June 20, 
1823; m. \Vm. Felter; res. A.; Horace, b. Sept. '25, 1825; res. 
Chicago; Edwin, b. Jan. 13, 1828; res. Chicago; Pvrena, b. Oct. 
12, 1829; m. July 8, 1848, James Cox; res. A^; Morris Willis, b. 
Sept. 25, 1831; res. Chicago. 

3646. ii. Zebina, b. Feb. 4, 1800; res. Jordon, Onondaga Co., K. Y.; was a 

wheelwright and distiller. 

3647. iii. Pyrena, b. Mar. 8, 1802; m. Aaron Hopkins; b. July 14, 1800; d. 

Mar. 24, 1891. He was a farmer. She d. Oct. 24,1829. Ch.: 

Caroline, b. Sept. 16, 1825; m. Apr. 18.1850, Codding; 

res. Blaine, Kan.; Benjamin B., b. June 19, 1828. He d. in Deep 
Bottom, \'a., in union army, Aug. 13, 1^64. 

3648. iv. Jerisha, b. Apr. 26, 1804;' m. Anson Hopkins; b. ; d. in 

Amboy. Ch.: Anson, b. ; res. Amboy; Helen, b. 

m. Geer; res. A., N. Y. 

3649. v. Eunice, b. Sept. 16, 1806; m. Apr. 29, 1834, John Russell; res 

Freeborn, Minn.; b. Sept. 4, 1806. Heisa farmer. Ch.: Lucin 
da, b. Mav 18, 1837; m. May 6, 1873, W. N. Fav; res. Hermosa 
S. D.; Jos'ephine Eliza, b. Apr. 29, 1839; m. Ma'r. 26, 1868, Ira O 
Russell; res. Granite Falls, Minn.; Henrv, b. Sept. 16, 1841; d 
Oct. 28, 1842; James H. b. Sept. 24, 184'4; m. Nov. 186^, Cor- 
nelia ^Iitchell; res. Russell, Kan.; William L., b. Mar. 22, 1847 
res. Willis, Mont. 

Mary Ann, b. Feb. 4, 1809; m. Root. 

Anna, b. July 30, 1811; m. Chaffee. 

Sarah, b. Dec. 24, 1813. 

Ja:\ies, M., b. Apr. 5, 1819; m. Marv E. Huntlev. 

Asaph K., b. Jan. 27, 1822; m. '- . 

Geo. \V. b. Dec. 14, 1816; m. Mary Hutchins and Dorothea F. 

1706. Jason Whitney (Isaac, Jason, Mark, Benjamin, John), b. Middlesex, 
N. Y. He d. in Texas; res. Ala. and Texas. 

3656. i. ,b. . 

3657. ii. Napoleon, b , He served in the Mexican war and was 


1709. Sa.muel Whitney (Isaac, Jason, Mark, Benjamin, John), b. Middlesex, 
N. Y.. July 9, 1811; m. at Macomb, Mich., Apr. 21, 1836, Ann Stroup; b. Mar. 5, 1819. 
He was born in Middlesex, Ontario Co., N. Y., now Potter, Yates Co. He 
migrated to Michigan in 1834, settling in Detroit, where he resided for two years, 
going then to a farm at Macomb, which he purchased of the government, where he 
ever after resided. He d. Apr. 26, 1889; res. Macomb, Mich. 

Jason C, b. Feb. 9, 1839; m. Elida Berney and Lettie E. Heyman. 
SOPHRONIA, b. Mav 16, 1837; unm.; res. 'Mt. Clemens, Mich'. 
Wm. H., b. Dec. 16, 1840; m. Mary Euretta Kellogg. 
Esther A., b. Sept. 1, 1842; m. Aug. 27, 1873, Warren Crawford; 

res. Kings Mill, Mich.; 5 ch. 
George Clay, b. July 13, 1844; m. Martha A. Fries. 
Milton I., b. June 4, 1846; m. Elizabeth M. Fuller. 
Samuel Emory, b. Mar. 28, 1848; res. 23 Adams Ave.. Detroit, 
Mich. S. Emory Whitney was born at Mt. Clemens, Mich. 
His father, a native of New York, was raised on a farm, occa- 
sionally as a diversion teaching district school for a term, or 
commanding a boat for a season on the Erie canal. In 1834, 
when 23 years of age, he emigrated to Michigan, purchased 200 
acres of land near Mt. Clemens from the government, upon 
which he lived till the time of his death. S. Emory lived on his 
father's farm till well along \\\ his teens, attending district 
school three or four months of the year. Abandoning the farm, 
he chose teaching as his profession, attended the Normal school 




























of his state, from which he graduated in 1872, since which time 
he has been employed in his profession. Since graduation he 
has occupied the position of supt. of schools at Armada, Marine 
City, and Hancock, Mich., coming to Detroit in 1885 as princi- 
pal of the Cass school — one of the most prominent public schools 
in the state. Of a social as well as professional nature, he is a 


member of several fraternal societies, ranking high in masonic 
circles, and has also held several elective offices. A recent 
publication entitled, " Prominent Educators of Michigan " con- 
tains a very complimentary notice of him and his work. The 
subject of this sketch is unmarried. 

Laton Dennis, b. Mar. 8, 1850; res. Mt. Clemens. Farmer at 

MiLO Herbert, b. Mar. 5, 1852; res. Mt. Clemens. Farmer at 

LORA A., b. Apr. 16, 1854; m. Sept. 20, 1876, Ira H. Briggs; res. 
Mt. C. 

Allen Sisson, b. June 16, 1857; res. Saginaw. For several years 
he was superintendent of the public schools there. 

Clarence Eugene, b. June 2, 1860; res. 23 Adams St. Detroit, 
Mich. He is a teacher in the Detroit public schools. 

Florence Hattie, b. July 17, 1865; res. Mt. C. 

1710. John Fisher Whitney (Isaac, Jason, Mark, Benjamin, John), b. Middle- 
sex, Yates Co., N. Y., Oct. 25, 1809; m. Chesterfield, Mich., Phebe Nelson; b. Dec. 24, 
1819; d. Apr. 8, 1890. 

He was born in Middlesex Co., N. Y., in 1809, and by the death of his father 
was left an orphan at an early age. In 1834 he migrated to Michigan, and two years 
later purchased a farm, then in the wilderness at Mt. Clemens, on which he has ever 
since resided. Res. Mt. Clemens, Mich. 

3671. i. Sarah Ann, b. May 20, 1839; m. Feb. 23, 1867, Chris Geo. Hart- 

way bhe d. Sept. 21, 1876. Ch.: Edwin, b. Mar. 3, 1869; John, 
b. Apr. 28, 1875. 





















Mary Rebecca, b. Aug. 8, 1842; d. Sept. 13, 1865. 

Electa Mahala, b. Dec. 26, 1845; m. Mar. 15, 1864, Dr. Julian 

H. Axtell; res. Omaha, Neb. Ch.: Charles W., b. Aug., 1^65. 
Stephen, b. May 12, 1850; m. Emma S. Immers. 
Florence Gertrude, b. Sept. 7, 1853; d. Oct. 15, 1865. 
Charles, b. Sept. 13, 1856; d. Oct. 4, 1865. 
Courtland, b. Aug. 23, 1862; m. Mary Augusta Cluby. 

1711. IsaacWhitney (Isaac, Jason, Mark, Benjamin, John),b. Middlesex, N. Y., 
Nov. 12, 1817; m. Mar. 5, 1839, Sarah Stroup; b. Nov. 27, 1808; d. June 18, 1874; m. 
2d, Aug. 17, 1875, Mahala Stroup; b. Aug. 3, 1825. Res. Mt. Clemens, Mich.; s. p. 

1712. Jesse Whitney (Isaac, Jason, Mark, Benjamin, Johnj, b. Middlesex, 
N. Y., Mav'3, 1808; m. 1835, Eliza C."Shepherd, b. 1819. He was a farmer. He d. 
Nov. 11, 1853; res. Macomb, Mich. 

3678. i. James \'oak, b. Jan. 4, 1839; m. Mary E. Taylor. 

3679. ii. Horace Isaac, b. July 10, 1836; m. Minnie Preston and Mary 


3680. iii. Lewis Dodge, b. 1845; d. unm. Jan., 1865, in Libby prison; was 

in the 8th Mich. Cavalrv. 

3681. iv. Hannah H. O., b. Nov. 14, 1847; m. May 23, 1867, Luther Parker. 

1713. James Watkins Whitney (Fisher, Jason, Mark, Benjamin, John), b. 
Italy, N. Y., June 21, 1803; m. June 10, 1828, in \'ermillion, Ohio, Betsey Harper, b. 
Mar. 17, 1806. She res. Kingston, 111., with dau. Mary. 

Yates county, town of Italy, New York, on the 2ist of June, 1803, witnessed the 
birth of James Watkins Whitney, the son of Fisher Whitney and Patty Watkins, his 
wife. The boy James was early doomed to orphanage, for in March, 1805, the father, 
after an illness of three days, died, leaving James not yet two years, and Patty, his 
sister, not yet five years old. Yates county is mountainous, rocky and sterile, and 
just how its people, in those early days, wrought a livelihood is something of a 
mystery. • But to him who hath patience and industry nothing is denied. There was, 
however, another requisite to insure success, in that forbidding land, viz., much hard 
labor. And in after years James W. Whitney often told his sons that he never 
remembered a time when he did not have to work. Those Yates county hill- 
sides must be cleared of the forests, and the valleys must be made fruitful. James 
therefore found, as he grew up, more than enough to do; and many days that ought 
to have been passed in the school house saw him, ax in hand, on the hill side. By 
and by his mother married a Mr. Wm. Lee; but still the opportunities for school 
were limited. We find him therefore at twenty-one accomplished about as farmers' 
boys of that period, viz., reading, writing, spelling and arithmetic. With his majority 
he struck for newer and more prosperous fields and settled in Berlin, Erie county, 
Ohio. Here, after some further years of hard toil, he saved enough to purchase a 
farm, and then began in real earnest the battle of life. But a piece of good fortune 
was just here awaiting him, for by accident. Miss Betsey Harper, a young and 
sprightly school teacher, a relative of the celebrated Harper Brothers, publishers, of 
New York, crossed his path, and forthwith young Whitney found that he had met his 
fate. In June, 1828, he married Miss Harper and took her to his farm, about one 
mile north of Berlin Heights. Here was his home for six years, when he sold out 
and bought again some four miles farther south, where he remained until May, 1848, 
when he removed to Kingston, DeKalb county, Illinois. His farm in Kingston was 
one of the most beautiful in the state; but in those early days times were hard, and 
the farmers often hauled their wheat 60 miles to Chicago and sold it at 50 cents per 
bushel. There is not much to be said usually about the daily round of a farmer's 
life. The crops are planted in the spring and garnered in the fall. The seasons 
come and go, the children grow up and marry and make homes of their own. In 
this family there were eight children — three sons and five daughters. But when the 
war of 1861 broke upon the country, these three boys all went into the army, and the 
father would have gone, too, but the government refused to accept him. Meanwhile 
one of his daughters (Elizaj had married and settled at Quasqueton, Buchanan 
county, Iowa, and on a visit to her in 1870 he was so favorably impressed with the 
place that he sold his Kingston farm to his son Samuel, and settled in Quasqueton. 
His life here was quiet and uneventful, and on July 24, 1081, after an illness of 
three days he died and is there buried. He was not a rich man, neither was he a 
poor man. He died leaving a competency to his widow, and a name respected by 
all who knew him. He d. July 24, 1882, in Iowa; res. Berlin, Ohio, and Kingston, 111. 


3682. i. Esther A., b. Aug. 12, 1830; m. John Read; m. 2d James B. Bell; 

res. Kingston. 

3683. ii. Martha J., b. July 6, 1832; m. Jan. 1, 1851, George W. Bishop, b. 

Jan. 8, 1824; res. Chicago, 111. He was b. Jan. 8, 1824; d. Feb. 
14, 1888. Ch.: Wm. \\\, b. Oct. 20, 1851; d. Aug. 28, 1852; Ida J., 
b. Apr. 27, 1853; m. Herbert C. Dexter; res. 442 37th St., Chicago; 
Chas. \V., b. Nov. 26, 1854: m. Minnie Moak; res. Tinlev Park, 
111.; Frank H., b. Sept. 24, 1856; m. Paulina Rauscher; res. 4240 
Wabash Ave., Chicago; b. Geo. E., b. Nov. 23, 1858; d. Feb. 17, 

3684. iii. Loren H., b. Sept. 12, 1834; m. Rebecca Foster and Marv Munson. 

3685. iv. Samuel D., b-. Oct. 26, 1836; m. Harriett Vail. 

3686. V. Eliza S., b. Jan. 5, 1838; m. Sardis L. Adams; res. Frank- 

lin, Neb. 

3687. vi. Wm. H., b. Oct. 24, 1840; m. Marcy Hamer. 

3688. vii. Nancy C, b. Jan. 19, 1843; m. ]'. Lampson; res. 911 Rock St., 


3689. viii. Mary. b. Apr. 21, 1846; m. Dr. Henry W. Dockham; res. s. p. 


1716. David Morse Whitney (George, Jason, Mark, Benjamin, John), b. 
Natick, Mass., Nov. 1, 1807; m. Apr. 3,1828, ^lary Ann Gilmore, of Wrentham, b. Oct. 
8, 1805; d. Dec. 7, 1843; m. 2d, Jan. 28, 1844, Mrs. Nancy (Whitney) Wheeler, b. Nov. 
26, 1810; dau. of Jason, Jr. 

He was born and always resided in Natick, Mass.; was a well known citizen. 
For several years he was assessor of taxes. He was the best musician and most 
noted singing master in that section. In 1836 he began the manufacture of shoes, in 
which business he was engaged for many years. He d. Dec. 2, 1867; res. Natick, 

3690. i. Esj-her Louisa, b. Mar. 8, 1829; m. Nov. 23, 1847, Theodore Par- 

ker; res. 115 So. Division St., Grand Rapids, Mich. Shed. Mar., 
1894; buried at Fort Wayne. He was b. Jan. 11, 1825; d. Feb. 
18, 1888. He was a locomotive engineer. Ch.: Lizzie Blanche, 
b. Oct. 22, 1849; Edmund Jonas, b. Mav, 1850; d. June 6, 1850; 
David Whitney, b. Feb., 1853; d. June 5,' 1855. 

3691. ii. Geo. Henry, b. Sept. 18, 1830; m. Mary Jane Hubbard. 

3692. iii. Samuel B. Homer, b. Oct. 11, 18.32; m.'Mrs. Hiram Thurston. 

3693. iv. Charlotte Travis, b. Mar. 21, 1836; m. Jan. 23, 1854, Geo. H. 

Andrews, 78 Douglass Ave., Fort Wayne, Ind. 

3694. v. Harlan H., b. Mar. 7, 1838; m. Marian S. Stowell. 

3695. vi. Harriett Wilson, b. July 9, 1811; d. July 3, 1842. 

3696. vii. Frank H., b. July 28, 1845; m. Adelaide Green. 

1718. George Collander Whitney (George, Jason, Mark, Benjamm, John), 
b. Natick, Mass., Feb. 3, 1809; m. Dec. 2, 1829, Persis Robbins Broad, b. Dec. 20, 
1806. He was a farmer and shoe manufacturer. He d. in Chicago; res. Natick, 
Mass., and Chicago, 111. 

3697. i. Charles Henry, b. ; res. Chicago, 111. 

3698. ii. Sarah, b. ; m. — Oliphant; res. Chicago, 111. 

1719. Freeman Sears Whitney (George, Jason, Mark, Benjamin, John), b. 
Natick, Mass., Feb. 6, 1812; m. there, Apr. 4, 1833, Eveline Perry, of Natick; b. Aug. 
19,1811; d. May 26, 1884. 

Freeman Sears Whitney was named for Freeman Sears, the first Congregation- 
alist minister; settled in Natick, Mass., in 180G. In 1830 he learned the currier's 
trade, working at this until 1845, when he began the manufacture of shoes. In 1858 
he gave up manufacturing for himself, but continued in this business quite a number 
of years, working for other firms. The last years of his life he worked as a gardener 
and pruning trees and shrubs. He and his family always resided in Natick. He 
was much interested in music. In his younger days he played the violin for years in 
the Congregational church. A few years ago he instituted the Veteran Musical 
Association there in the place. The association was composed of those that played 
and sang in 1830, 1845 and 1850. These, after they were banded together, played 
and sang with just as much vim as was displayed by them in their vounger days. He 
d. Sept. 30, 1888; res. Natick, Mass. 


3699. i. Joseph L., b. Aug. 18, 1835; m. Martha Jane Richards. 

3700. ii. Lucie Maria, b. [an. 8, 1838; m. in So. Framingham, May 18, 1854, 

Selah Bennett Alden, b. Lyme, N. H., May 18, 1833; d. May 25, 
1864, in Natick, from wounds received in the battle of the 
Wilderness, May 8, 1864, after serving three years in company 
D, 18th Mass. regiment. She m. 2d, Aug. 22, 1866, Charles 
Henry Child, b. Boston, Mar. 18, 1837. He is a foreman in a 
shoe factory; res. Natick. Ch.: Eugene Llewellvn, b. Dec. 25, 
1859; d. Sept. 4, 1860. 

1720. Dr. Samuel Stillman Whitney (George, Jason, Mark, Benjamin, John), 
b. Natick, Mass., Jan. 6, 1815; m. Sept. 27, 1838, Sarah W. Spalding, dau. of Dr. S. H. 
Spalding, of So. Natick, Mass., who died July 15, 1866. A native of Chelmsford, he 
was educated as a physician and practiced a few years in Dublin, N. H., with good 
success. At length he was mvited to establish himself in South Natick, Alass., 
where the greater part of his life was spent, and where he succeeded in securing an 
extensive and successful practice. His services were widely sought and were highly 
valued. For several years disease and the infirmities of advancing age led him to 
withdraw from the active duties of his profession. In his last days he suffered much, 
but he bore his sufferings with Christian patience and fortitude. The funeral service 
was held in the Unitarian church, of which church and parish he was a member. It 
was attended by a large number of friends who thus testified their regret at his loss, 
and their respect to his memory. 

Samuel Stillman Whitney was born at Natick, Mass. He fitted for college at 
Leicester, and entered Harvard University at the age of 14. After remaining a year 
at Cambridge, he removed to Amherst to finish his collegiate course there. Toward 
the close of it, however, a long sickness having interrupted his studies, so as to pre- 
vent his graduating with his class, he concluded not to take a degree. His parents 
had intended to eaucate him for the ministry; but being strongly inclined toward 
medicine, with their consent he immediately entered the office of Dr. S. H. Spalding, 
then practicing at Natick, and applied himself with great diligence to his medical 
studies. The following year he entered the office of the late lamented and eminent 
Dr. John D. Fisher, of Boston, whose friendship and confidence he always possessed. 
The last six months of his studentship were passed at the City Institutions at South 
Boston. He received his diploma at Boston, in February, 1838. While at Snuth 
Boston, a vacancy occurred at Newton Upper Falls, by the death of Dr. Alfred Hos- 
mer, and by the advice of friends he at once opened an office there. He succeeded 
rapidly in gaining the confidence of the community and consequent practice, and m 
the course of the year was married to Miss Sarah Spalding, only child of his first 
preceptor. During the six years which Dr. Whitney spent at Newton he secured a 
practice extending far beyond his immediate neighborhood, requiring very long and 
tedious rides, but he still found time, stolen from the night, to prosecute his studies 
and keep himself well informed of all the additional contributions to medical science. 
Having disposed of his practice at Newton, Dr. Whitney re-removed to Dedham in 
1844, carrying with him a well-established reputation. Before, however, perma- 
nently settling in Dedham, he passed a year in Europe, making careful use of its 
advantages. Dr. Whitney was thoroughly educated in auscultation and percussion 
under the tuition of Dr. Fisher, and it may be safely said that few ever surpassed 
him in delicacy and quickness of ear. In addition to his large general practice at 
Dedham and vicinity. Dr. Whitney paid |jarticular attention to surgery. He was 
successful in all the greater operations, and more especially in the arts of modern 
surgery for the cure of congenital or accidental deformities. The operation for cleft 
pjalate he (lerformed many times, and treated with success a gentleman from Canada, 
who had been unsuccessfully operated upon by the celebrated Dieffenbach. For this 
operation, in addition to his fee, his grateful patient presented him with a silver tea 
service. His surgical cases came from distant parts of the country. In the fall of 
1848, in the midst of these active pursuits. Dr. Whitney was attacked with diarrluLa 
and sub-acute enteritis. He died in his residence at Dedham, peaceful and 
resigned, in the bosom of his young and beloved family, June 30, 1855, aged 
40. Few men have accomplished more at so early an age. Cast in a tall and 
manly mould, his i)er5onal appearance was calculated to make an impression 
upon those with whom he came in professional contact. An anchylosis of one 
knee, the result of an accident received in his academic days, instead of detract- 
ing from, rather added to the dignity of his carriage. He was remarkably 
generous in disposition, and this, with a peculiar suavity in his manner, and 


unbounded confidence in his skill, strongly attached to him a large circle of 
students, patients and friends. So great was the confidence of the public in Dr. 
VVhitney's ski 1, that his frequent absence and sickness did not seriously interfere 
with hi? business. Even up to the last moment patients continued to solicit his 
advice, and when he could no longer see them, desired to have their symptoms 
reported to him in order to receive the benefit of his counsel. He d. June 30, 1855; 
res. Dedham, Mass. 

3701. i. Sarah Wilder, b. May 10. 1854; d. Sept. 23, 1855. 

8702. ii. Stillman S., b. Aug. 4, 1849; m. . 

1721. John Aniger Whitney (George, Jason, Mark, Benjamin, John) b. Natick, 
Mass., Dec" 20, 1817; m. Oct. 26, 1852, Emily Walker, of Natick; m. 2d, Lizzie Thom- 
son, of St. Johns, N. B.; res. Natick, Mass. 

He was born in Natick and has always resided there; has been a prominent citi- 
zen. For some years he was assessor of taxes, later was enumerator for the United 
States census. Also conducted a farm and engaged in the manufacture of shoes. 

3703. iii. John C, b. Aug. 8, 1856; m. Nov. 8,1880, Flora Mabhousa; res. 

Natick, Mass. 

3704. i. George Burgess, b. in Dedham in 1853. He was a soldier in 

Co. H, 18th Mass. Regt.; was a book-keeper and shoe manufac- 
turer and was killed in a railroad accident in Natick, Julv 23, 

Herbert Thompson, b. ; d. . 

Louis Mitchell, b. June 14,1858; m.Sept. 6, 1881, Emma Hortnn; 
res. Natick, Mass. 

Wm. Oscar, b. Nov. 12, 1859; res. N. 

Emily Blanche, b. Oct. 15, 1862; d. . 

James C, b. Sept. 5, 1863; m. Louise M. Horton. 

Waldo, O., b. June 2, 1865; res. Natick. 

Lizzie Maude, b. ; res. N. 

1722. Ebenezer Whitney (George, Jason, Mark, Benjamin, John), b. Natick, 
Mass., Dec. 20, 1820; m. Mar. 21, 1842, Sarah F. Leighton, of Westford, b. Feb. 25, 
1824. He was a shoe manufacturer and merchant. He d. May 2, 1892; res. Dan- 
vers and Natick, Mass. 

8712. i. Emilie A., b. Jan. 12, 1846; m. May 19, 1869, James M. Forbush. 

He was b. Roxbury, Mass., Mar. 15, 1846; res. Natick, Mass. 
He was educated at the common schools, and in 1861 moved to 
Washington with his father's family. While there, was a clerk 
in the Treasury Department until 1867. After 1874 was in the 
Internal Revenue service in Mass., and at present is in the 
insurance business in Natick. Is general agent for the New 
England States for the German American Ins. Co. of New York. 
Is director in an insurance company, trustee of a savings bank, 
and superintendent of the Baptist Sunday School. (See For- 
bush Genealogy bv Fred C. Pierce, p. 15.) Ch.: Gavle 1 i'ton, 
b. Mar. 31, 1870; Emilie Bessie, b. June 15, 1872. 

Samuel S. 3714. iii. Mary E., b. ; m. 

Eben F. Turner; res. N. 

Geo. F., b. ; res. Natick, Mass. 

Harvey H., b. Feb. 18, 1854; m. Lizzie M. Sanders. 

Samuel S., b. ; 3719. viii. Emily Ann, b. ; d. 

d. . . 

1723. Alvin Fisher Whitney (George, Jason, Mark, Benjamin, John), b. 
Natick, Mass., 1824; m. Elviria Clemence. He was a shoemaker by trade, was a 
noted musician, and for many years followed farming. He d. in Maine in 1860, s. p.; 
res. Natick, Mass. 

176". John Whitney (John, Elijah, Daniel, John, John, John),b. Warwick, Mass., 
Apr. 8, 1783; m. ; d. Sept. 27, 1831; res. Warwick, Mass. 






























-, b. 

d. Nov. 5, 1828. 
d.Aug. 13, 1831. 
d. Aug. 19, 1831. 

1769. Elisha Whitney (Elisha, Elijah, Daniel, John, John. John), b. Feb. 4, 
1780; m. Feb. 26, 1804, Sarah Heath, b. Mar. 1, 1784; d. Feb. 8, 1865. He d. Feb. 12, 
1823; res. Roxbury, Mass. 














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Abigail H., b. in 1804; m. Gay. She d. Fel). 9, 1880. 

John H., b. Mar. 8, 1808; m. Sarah Skinner. 

Sarah, b. Dec. 25, 1811; unm., res. W. Roxbury. 

William H., b. Jan. 25, 1810; unm., d. Jan. 27, 1842. 

Caroline, b. Jan. 16, 1814; unm. 

Nathaniel Davis, b. Dec. 11, 1816; m. Laura A. Langton. 

Elisha, b. in 1806; d. in 1810. 

1770. Asa Whitney (Elisha, Elijah, Daniel, John, John, John), b. in Boston, 
Mass., May 18, 1782; m. in Pomfret, Conn., Dec. 31, 1805, Mary Hammond; b. Dec. 
7, 1787; d. '1845. He d. Mar. 4, 1826; res. Pomfret, Conn., Roxbury, Cambridge, and 
Boston, Mass. 

3730. i. Benj. Duick, b. Nov. 6, 1807; m. Elizabeth Williams and Char- 

lotte Genella. 

3731. ii. Daniel H., b. Oct. 7, 1809; d. Oct. 6, 1817. 

3732. iii. Sarah Hammond, b. May 23, 1812; d. June 2-3, 1817. 

37.33. iv. Mary, b. May 5, 1815; m. Prof. Cornelius C. Felton, of Har. Univ. 
Felton, Cornelius Conwav, scholar, b. in West Newbury, Mass., 
Nov. 6, 1807; d. in Chester, Pa., Feb. 26, 1862. He was gradu- 
ated at Harvard in 1827, having partially supported himself 
through his course by teaching in Concord and Boston, and at 
the Round Hill school in Northampton, Mass. In his senior 
year he was one of the conductors of the " Harvard Register," 
a students' periodical. After teaching for two years in Geneseo, 
N. v., he was appointed Latin tutor at Harvard in 1829, became 
Greek tutor in 1830, college professor of Greek in 1832, and in 
1834 was given the Eliot professorship of Greek literature. He 
was also for many years regent of the college. In 18.53-54 he 
revisited Europe, studying the various collections of art and 
antiquities, and spent five months in Greece, where he devoted 
himself not only to the topography of the country and the 
remains of ancient art, there, but to its present language and 
literature, to which he attached great importance. He was an 
enthusiastic defender of the modern Greeks, by whom he was 
known, during his stay among them, as the "American pro- 
fessor." He visited Europe a second time in 1858, and in 1860 
was elected president of Harvard college, which office he held 
until his death. President Felton was a member of the Massa- 
chusetts board of education, and one of the regents of the 
Smithsonian Institute. His literary labors were extended and 
he was one of the most profound and enthusiastic classical 
scholars in the country. Besides making large contributions to 
current literature, he published a translationof Menzel's "Ger- 
man Literature" (3 vols., 1840, in George Ripley's " Specimens 
of Foreign Literature"); " ClassicaL Studies," original and 
translated selections, in connection with Prof. Sears and 
Edwards (1843); a translation of Prof. Arnold Guyot's lectures 
on "The Earth and Man " (1849); a selection from the writings 
of Prof. Popkin, with a memoir (1852); " Life of William Eaton," 
in Sparks' "American Biographies " (New York, 1853); a revised 
edition of Smith's " History of Greece," with a continuation from 
the Roman conquestto the present time (1855); and" Selections 
from Modern Greek Writers " (1856). After his death appeared 
"Familiar Letters from Europe," giving an account of his last 
trip (Boston, 1864), and "Greece, Ancient and Modern," his 
most important work, composed chiefiv of his lectures before 
the Lowell Institute (2 vols., Boston, 1867). He was also the 
author of several Greek text books, including an edition of 
Homer, with Flaxman's ill strations (1833|. 

3734. v. Emily, b. Sept. 27, 1817; m. Sept. 27, 1841, Dr. Joseph Sargent, of 
Worcester. He was born in Leicester, Dec. 31, 1815, the son of 
Col. Henry. He entered Harvard Universitv in 1830, and grad- 
uated in 1834. Studied medicine with Dr. Edward Flint, of 
Leicester, and Dr. James Jackson, in Boston, and attended med- 
ical lectures in the latter city and Philadelphia. He took his 


degree of M. D. at Harvard in 1837, and at once entered upon 
the office of house physician at the Mass. General Hospital. In 
1888 he went to Paris, where he remained until 184U, when he 
settled in Worcester. In 1850 he again visited Europe for pro- 
fessional improvement. He ranks high in the medical profes- 
sion in Massachusetts and is held in high esteem by his fellow- 
citizens. He d. Oct. 13, 18-'8. Ch.: Joseph, b. Oct. 17, 1842; d. 
Feb. 26, 1845; Emily Whitney, b. Nov. 26, 1843; d. July 28, 1892; 
Mary Felton, b. Dec, 16, 1845; Joseph, b. May 15, 1849; m.Dec. 
5, 1872, Nellie Louise McClure; Henry L., b. July 29, 1853; d. 
Apr. 26, 1854; Henry Leight, b. July 14, 1856; m. Oct. 24, 1877. 
Lydia Hughes, of Lawrence, Mass. 
3785. vi. Asa H.,b. June 17, 1819; m. Laura L. Henshaw. 

3736. vii. Sarah, b. July 13, 1822; m. Frederic W. Gale, of Worcester. Both 

lost on the steamer Arctic Sept. 27, 1854. 

3737. viii. Catherine Dean, b. Dec. 17, 1824; m. Mav, 1849, Dr. Henry Sar- 

gent. He d. Apr., 1858. She d. Sept. 9, 1849. He was born in 
Leicester (the brother of Dr. Joseph), Nov. 7, 1821. Entered 
Yale College in 1837, and graduated in 1841. Studied medicine 
with his brother also, in Boston and Philadelphia, and in the 
hospitals in Paris. In 1847 he took the degree in medicine at 
Harvard, and began practice in Worcester. His health failed 
and he made frequent trips to Europe. His remains are 
interred in Mt. Auburn in Cambridge. 

1775. Amariah Whitney (Caleb, Caleb, Timothy, John, John, John), b. Nov. 
18, 1767; m. Sarah Trull; res. Danvers, Mass. 

3788. ix. Daniel S.,b. Feb. 4, 1810; m. Hannah S. P. Cotton. 

1784. Stephen Whitney (Timothy, Moses, Timothy, John, John, John), b. 
Roxbury, Mass., in 1774; m. there Ruth Whittemore; res. West Roxbury, Mass. 


William, b. ; m. Harriett Faxon. 

i. John, b. . 3741. iii. Mary, b. 

V. NIartha, b. ; m. Knowles; res. Boston, s. p. 

3743. V. Maria, b. — — ; m. Burley; d.; m. 2d, Richards; 

res. Lowell, Mass.; 3 ch. 

1792. William Bartholomew Whitney (Samuel, Joseph, Timothy, John, 
John, John), b. Worcester, Mass., Oct. 4, 1778; m. in Prince Edwards Co., Canada, 
June 6, 1805, Lydia Ann Lawrence; b. in 1780; d. Apr. 1869. 

He was born in Wt)rcester, Mass., in 1778; from 1782 to 1798 he resided in Gil- 
sum, N. H. During the latter year he went to Littleton, Mass., to learn the trade 
of ]\Iorocco leather dressing. After his marriage they resided in Lynn, Mass., where 
he worked at his trade until the spring of 1812 when they moved to Lower Canada 
and kept a tavern nine miles from St. Johns for three years. They then moved to 
Burlington, \'t., and kept a tavern three years and then moved to Kingston's Mills, 
Upper Canada, and farmed it for two years. Later he moved to Hallowell, U. C, 
and then after five years to Sophiasburg, U. C, where he died, and was buried in 
Sand Point cemetery. He d. in Apr. 1849; res. Belleville, Ont. 
Clark, b. June 7, 1806; m. Elizabeth — - — -. 
William B., b. Oct. 4, 1803; ni. Charity Weese. 
Samuel, b. Dec. 1, 1809; m. Mary Cole. 

Lydia, b. Dec. 18, 1811; m. June 23, 1831, John Cole, a farmer, b. 
Mar. 8, 1813; res. Nosier, Ont. 
3748. V. Joshua, b. June 21, 1829; m. Mar. 14, 1857, Mary Eliza Williston; 
res. Demorestville, Ont. Ch.: Ichabod Franklin, b. Jan. 21,1858, 
Mary Lydia, b. Nov. 9, 1862. 

1793. Capt. Samuel W^hitney (Samuel, Joseph, Timothv, John, John, John) b. 
Gilsum, N. H.. Julv 14, 1781; m. Nov. 26, 1801, Hope Blish;'m. 2d, in 1822, Elsey 
Evarts, b. in 1796; d. Aug. 28, 1876. 

Capt. Samuel Whitney was born in Gilsum. Soon after his marriage he moved 
to Chesterfield, N. Y., where he was one of the earliest settlers. He was captain of 
the local militia, and in the war of 1812 participated in the battle of Plattsburg. He 
was a farmer, and at one time engaged in lumbering. W^as a deacon and one of the 
original members and organizers of the Presbyterian church in Keesville, N. Y. 








Elsey Evarts went to Keesville, X. Y., from New England at an early day, and 
joined the Congregational church before there was any church edifice. She was 
untiring in her efforts to help build the church and sustain it in its work. Her hus- 
band died in 1840, and upon her devolved the arduous work of rearing the large 
family of children. She performed her work nobly and well. He. d. Oct. 11, 1840; 
res. Chesterfield, N. Y. 

8749. i. Norman, b. May 16, 1802; m. Mary Wilcox Forsyth. 

8750. ii. David, b. Jan. 3', 1804; m. Maria Wright. 

3751. lii. DiMis Elmika, b. June 11, 1807; m. Hiram Perry; res. Ft. Cov- 
ington, N. Y. Had one son, Samuel. She d. July 3, 1833. 
.37.52. iv. Samuel, b. Jan. 25, 1811; d. Keesville, N. Y., unm! 

3753. V. Harriett Zephia, b. Sept. 29, 1819; m. Henry D. Andrews, and 

Heber S. Hurlbut. She d. Dec. 1, 1854, leaving one dau., 
Mvra Ellen, b. Oct. 3, 1850; m. John Ogleby Dav; res. Mil- 
waukee. He was b. Oct. 22, 1849. Ch.; Daniel, R., b. Feb. 27, 1878; 
Charlotte E., b. Jan. 22, 1^84; Elsey Whitney, b. July 2.5, 1885. 

3754. vi. Daniel Milo, b. July 23, 1815; m. Emily Reynolds. 

3755. vii. John C, b. May 19, 1821; m. Harriett Y. Dickinson. 

3756. viii, Luther, b. Feb. 19, 1825; m. Jane E. Bigelow and Mary Emily 


3757. ix. Lyman B., b. Dec. 5, 1828; m. Roxanna K. Hurlbut. 

3758. X. Clarence ]., b. Nov. 1, 1834; m. Sarah E. Colvin. 

1794. Joshua Whitney (Samuel, Joseph, Timothy, John, John, John), b. June 10, 
1784; m. Harriett . He d. in 1860; res. Lawrenceville, N. Y. 

3759. i. Harriett, b. ; m. Farlin. Ch.: Dudley, m.; res. s. p. 

Albany, N. Y.; Joshua Whitney, b. Nov. 16, 1836; m. Mar. 5, 
1861, Amanda F. King, b. June 3, l8o9. He d. June 6, 1893. She 
res. 64 Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, 111. Mr. Farlin resided in 
Chicago for nearly forty years, and had long stood high among 
respected citizens. He was b. in Warrensburg, N. Y., in 1836, 
ami was 57 years of age at the time of his death. He came to 
Chicago as a boy of 19, and his entire life was that of a Christian 
gentleman. For the last twenty years he was engaged in the 
real estate business, and was a large buyer of suburban and 
city property. He laid out and subdivided the town of Maple- 
wood, and conducted other large transactions which gave him a 
high standing in the business world. He was an acti\e mem- 
ber of the Chicago Real Estate Board, and for years ably man- 
aged the Tuttle King estate. His wife was the second daughter 
ot Mr. King, and survives him. The philanthropic side of Mr. 
Farlin's nature was well developed. He omitted no oppor- 
tunity to do good, and a large portion of his time in late years 
was taken up with the management of the affairs of poor widows, 
who looked upon him as their trusty friend. He was one of 
Mr. Moody's principal supporters in his Chicago Avenue 
Church, and his religious work was marked by deep earnest- 
ness, liberality and untiring devotion. For years he was asso- 
ciated with the Young Men's Christian AsscKiation, and he took 
a deep interest in the work of the Chicago Bible Society. He 
was active in Railway Chapel matters, and has been the presi- 
dent of the Free Dispensary from the date of its organization. 
Ch.: Myron Whitney, b. Nov. 3, 1876; Susie F.,m. Geo. H. High, 
son of George M. High; res. 63 Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, 111.; 

Harriett, b. ; m. Lewis H. Davis, attorney; res. s. p. 146^ 

Mich. Ave., Chicago, 111. 

1797. Luther Whitney (Samuel, Joseph, Timothy, lohn, John, |ohn), b. Apr. 
15, 1791; m. Sept. 20, L-<14, Betsey Dart, b. June 3, 1791; d.Nov. 15, I88i. 

Luther Whitney, in 1813, while residing in Gilsum, N. H., had a tailoring estab- 
lishment on the brook south of his father's house. It was burned by fire in 1817; a 
new shop was erected on the spot occupied by the old one. Later he conducted a 
woolen factory which he erected, and which he afterward sold in 1829 to David 
Brigham. It was destroyed by fire in 1830. He was often chosen on important 
committees of the town, was selectman 1817-21-22-23-25-26, representative 1825 and 


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1827, justice of the peace from 1827 to 1832, was one of the organizers of the Congre- 
gational church in 1815. In 1830 he moved to New York state and died at Law- 
renceville. He d. July 30, 1869; res. Lawrenceville, N. Y. 

3760. i. Luther, b. July 26, 1815; m. Rebecca J. Irwin. 

3761. ii. Edgar, b. June 25, 1818; m. Maria R. Shepard and Sarah 


3762. iii. Joshua, b. Jan. 25, 1820; d. unm., Mobile, Ala. 

• 3763. iv. Pascal, b. Nov. 4, 1823; m. Pema Shepard and Amanda Rock- 
well. He d. Dec. 3, 1883; res. Osage, la. 

1799. Daniel Whitney (Samuel, Joseph, Timothy, John, John, John), b. Gil- 
sum, N. H., Sept. 3, 1795; m. at Middlebury, Vt., Sept. 1, 1826, Emeline S. Henshaw, 
b. Middlebury, Vt., July 21, 1803; d. Oct. 25, 1890. The deceased will be long remem- 
bered for her true Christian character and her charitable deeds. Her benefactions 
were performed without ostentation, bringing life and joy where sickness and poverty 
had laid their withering hand. Her influence, like that of the rain upon the thirsty 

land, was always for good. The writer of this item desires 
to lay a wreath of immortelles upon her resting place in 
the memory of her deeds during dire sickness many long 
years ago— ministrations that were as pure and hallowed 
as the manna that fell from Heaven— and it was a sample 
act of her daily life. [Green Bay paper.] 

Mr. Whitney was born in the town of Gilsum, N. H., 
Sept. 3, 1795, and went to Green Bay, Wis., in the summer 
of 1819, being then 24 years of age. He established him- 
self in mercantile business near Camp Smith, two and 
a half miles above the present site of Green Bay, where 
the village then was, and this was the starting point of 
all his numerous enterprises. He was the first American 
who opened a store and it was the most extensive west of 
the lakes. Wisconsin and all the west and north, was 
DANIEL WHITNEY. thcn au entire wilderness, inhabited only by the wild 

Indians, comprising within the limits of the present state 
at least six different nations, and other nations still more fierce and warlike held all the 
country west of the Mississippi. This did not prevent him from making many long 
journeys to the interior, and pushing his investigations wherever he thought good loca- 
tions for trade could be found. He explored the Fox river to its source, and the Wis- 
consin from the rapids to the Mississippi. In 1821-22 he was sutler for U. S. troops at 
Fort Snelling on the St. Peter's river, Minnesota. He established several trading posts 
on the Mississippi, where he supplied traders with goods; and had also a trading post 
at Sault St. Marie. During the winter of 1822 he traveled on foot from Fort Snelling 
to Detroit, with only an Indian for a companion to assist him with his provisions and 
bedding, which they drew on a hand sled. During this whole journey (about 1,000 
miles) he met but one white man and saw but two cabins. An incident occurred on 
this trip, which showed the perseverance and daring of the man. In crossing one of 
the numerous rivers on the route, he found the ice bad. The Indian guide was afraid. 
Mr. Whitney crossed over and drew the sled and loading with him. The Indian 
would not follow. Mr. W. recrossed; Indian would not be persuaded to try it; Mr. 
W. had broken through with one foot, ice was thin, the water was deep and the cur- 
rent strong. Mr. Whitney provided himself with a rope from the sled and a cudgel, 
and compelling the Indian to lie down upon the ice, with the rope drew him over in 
safety. In the fall of 1824 he had a vessel, loaded with goods and provisions for 
Green Bay, frozen in near Mackinac. As such an accident in those times threatened 
serious consequences to the settlements, and, although starvation was impossible 
when fish and venison were plenty, yet many must suffer inconvenience, and Mr. 
W. great loss, unless the supplies could be reached. As soon, therefore, as cold 
weather had insured a bridge of ice along shore, and across the rivers and bays, he 
fitted out an expedition consisting of himself and several Canadian Frenchmen 
with horse-trains, and made the trip to Mackinac on the ice, where the vessel was, 
and returned with all he could put on, of the most necessary goods. 

In order to carry on his extensive operations he went several times to Canada 
and procured large numbers of men used to voyaging and the trader's life. With 
these as companions and assistants he traversed the country on foot, in the bark 
canoe and the Mackinac boat, exploring new sections of country, and transporting 
goods to his trading houses. Many of these men are still in the county and have 


become most substantial farmers. From these early times until the light of civiliza- 
tion shone across the country, and settlements were formed, and roads opened from 
the lake shore to the interior, and until the improvements of the Fox river had so far 
progressed as to admit of partial steamboat navigation, Mr. Whitney was 1 .rgely 
engaged in the transportation business. For many years all the supplies for Forts 
Winnebago and Crawford and the upper Mississippi, for troops, Indian treaties, etc., 
were conveyed in boats from Green Bay by the Fox and Wisconsin rivers, and few 
persons, not familiar with those times can form any idea of the immense labor and 
cost involved in carrying it out. Between the years 1825 and 1830 Mr. Whitney 
explored the upper Wisconsin, and built mills at Plover Portage, and for more than 
fifteen years was engaged in the business of manufacturing lumber and running it 
down the Wisconsin and Mississippi rivers to the St. Louis market. This was the 
first lumbering establishment erected on the Wisconsin river, and probably the first 
on any tributary of the Mississippi. During the same period he also built a shot 
tower at Helena, on the Wisconsin river, and inaugurated an extensive business at 
that point. From the time the Stockbridge Indians came into the state to commence 
their new homes, in 1827 or '28, until their removal to their present location in 
Shawano county, he kept a supply store among them and transacted their business 
for them, and during the whole time, about thirteen years, possessed their entire 
confidence as a strictly honest man, and a fair and liberal dealer, and down to the 
time of his death these Indians looked up to him as their father and friend. In the 
year 1831 he abandoned his residence near Camp Smith and moved his family and 
store to Navarino, now Green Bay, near the mouth of the river, where he continued 
to reside. From his earliest acquaintance with the locality and surroundings of 
Green Bay, he entertained the most unbounded confidence in its capabilities and 
fitness to become the most important commercial town in the state, and, acting upon 
this faith, he as early as possible secured the land where the city now stands, and in 
1828 or '29 laid out the town of Navarino, since incorporated as Green Bay, and 
commenced building a city. In 1830 he had completed a wharf and spacious ware- 
house, ? nortion of the Washington house, a school house, and some dwelling houses 
for his mechanics and laborers. From 1830 to 1840 he continued to build, and as 
fast as materials could be obtained, erected eight or ten stores and a large number 
of dwelling houses to rent, and in the meantime gave away a considerable number of 
lots to mechanics and others who were desirous o